Students are expected to arrive in their first period class by 7:22 AM to be considered on time. Students should remain in school until dismissal at 1:34 PM to be considered in attendance for the entire day.
Student attendance is important to student success. Missing any part of the school day becomes an attendance issue. Therefore, parents are required to submit a written explanation of the reason of the student’s absence within 3 days of the student’s return to school. The written explanation must include the dates and/or time of the absence, for which excuse is sought and the specific reason for the absence. Any documentation that supports the written explanation should be attached.
The Dept. of Student Services of the SLCSB must review the explanations for absences that are resumed after the 3 day period to determine if the absences will be excused.
When Students Must Leave Early
At LPA, our instructional time is highly guarded. It is our policy that we do not interrupt class time for non-instructional purposes i.e. buzzing classrooms or hand carrying notes or forgotten items to school. This interrupts the learning environment for all students. Announcements are made 1st and 7th hour where a few minutes are built into the schedule for this purpose. In this way, we are able to protect our seven instructional blocks of time. Moreover, we ask parents to schedule appointments that take your child from school to correspond to our bell schedule whenever possible. We understand that your time is also valuable. Therefore, to expedite the process we ask you to follow this procedure:
- Send a note to school with your child on the day that you must pick him/her up early
- The note should reflect a pick up time that corresponds with the bell schedule
- Your child should take the note to the appropriate front office (high school or middle school) for approval first thing in the morning
- The child then shows the note to the teacher at the beginning of the class period from which he/she will leave early
- At the designated time, the child leaves the classroom and meets the parent in the school office where the parent will sign the student out
Leaving Campus After School
Students are required to leave campus within fifteen minutes after school is dismissed unless they are participating in an authorized extra curricular activity. Students who walk home are required to leave campus immediately. Parents are asked to adhere to this rule and pick up students within fifteen minutes after the end of the school day. Violation of this regulation will result in a parent conference and possible suspension.
To insure the safety of all students, the following policies will be observed:
1. All students will have emergency access information on file in the main office.
2. No student will be released to an adult not listed in the emergency access information unless prior arrangements have been made by a parent.
3. Anyone picking up a student must show a valid Florida driver’s license.
Parents may request a meeting with teachers to discuss their child’s performance by calling the guidance office. Teachers are available after school for conferences. One day’s notice in advance gives time to plan for the conference and avoid conflicts.
Parental input is necessary and actively sought through both formal and informal means. Parents should understand, however, that the operation of the school is the responsibility of the school personnel. By choosing to enroll their child at Lincoln Park Academy, parents have accepted the responsibility to provide the proper interest, encouragement, guidance, and home environment to foster the best learning situation possible.
- support the traditional academic philosophy and assist in its continuity
- review progress reports regularly in a timely manner
- use proper channels of contacting school personnel
- provide a suitable time and place for homework and ensure that homework is completed
- listen to the child read and ask questions about his daily progress
- review papers brought home by students
- sign and return promptly all school related papers requiring parental response
- maintain mutual responsibility with the child for arriving at school on time
- participate in August orientation, open house, parent conferences, and activities needing parent assistance
- use proper channels of contacting school personnel:
– the teacher when dealing with student performance or classroom attitude
– the guidance counselor when dealing with student personal and school problems
– the conduct counselor when dealing with behavior or attitude problems
– the principal when dealing with school programs, activities, or unsolved student problems