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There are several ways a parent can inform the school of a student absence

  1. “Report a Student Absence” from the school web site on the Home Page
  2. Email directly to Sheila Bowling the Attendance Secretary at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  3. Call the school at ext. 21104 and leave a detailed message about why your student was absent

School attendance has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in Pre-Kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely and on time every day. Regular and consistent attendance is necessary for student achievement, graduation, and college and career readiness. A student is now considered habitually truant if they are unlawfully absent for 8 days in a marking period, 15 days in a semester, and 20 days in a school year.

Documentation of an absence must be sent to school within 3 days of the absence;

The following reasons are deemed lawful absences by the state of Maryland:

  • Death in the immediate family

  • Student illness, for which the principal may require a physician’s


  • Court summons for a student

  • Hazardous weather conditions

  • Observance of a religious holiday

  • State of emergency

  • Suspensions

  • Lack of authorized transportation

  • Other circumstance, which in the judgment of the principal, constitutes a sufficient cause for absence from school.