Attendance Procedures

AHS procedures regarding prearranged absences, excused and unexcused absences, later arrivals, early dismissals, and more.

Students Arriving Late (Tardy)

  • A note is needed to verify/excuse your child’s tardy. If your child is tardy due n appointment, doctor’s or dentist’s note is required.

  • A parent/guardian may call attendance office to verify/excuse tardy, but it must be within 3 days.

  • Early morning messages take time to process, your child should sign in as unexcused and their absence will be excused when call is retrieved.

  • Unexcused tardy of 20 minutes or more is considered unexcused absence.

Checking Students Out Early

  • Send your child to school with a note for early release.

  • Your child must bring note to attendance office BEFORE school starts to receive a dismissal pass.

  • Your child must sign out at the appropriate time from the Attendance Office.

  • Failure to sign out will result in an unexcused absence.

  • Call in requests for dismissal are not recommended and will be handled on a time available basis. 

Absences

  • Must be verified/excused by the parent/guardian.

  • A Note must be brought in within 3 days for the absence to be excused.

  • You can also call 703-642-4151 within 3 days for the absence to be excused.

Tardies

  • Daily emails will be sent to you when your child is tardy to their classes.

  • Please do not contact the attendance office about this email.

  • Please talk to your student about this tardy.

  • If you have any questions about this tardiness please contact your student's teacher.

Truancy

  • Truancy is against state law. Per FCPS Regulation 2234, the school is required to submit an attendance referral to the Fairfax County Truancy officer whenever a student accrues 5 Unexcused absences.

  • Excessive absences, per FCPS Regulation 2234: five (5) consecutive or twelve (12) cumulative absences (excused and/or unexcused).

  • Medical documentation for absences will be required at this time.

Academy Students

Academy students please check in with the Attendance Office if you do not attend your Academy class on any given day. Some examples of reasons you might not attend Academy are testing, a two-hour delayed opening, altered bell schedule, etc. Please make sure you follow the rules of the Academy that you attend as well. For example, Falls Church Academy requires students to turn in a pre-arranged absence form 24 hours before the absence.

Questions?

If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Bentley, Dean of Students, at mebentley@fcps.edu.