The entry bell will sound at 8:35 AM and classes will begin promptly at 8:40 am. Students will be marked tardy when coming to school after that time. Students are to line up at their assigned door, with their class. Students are not to come early, breakfast starts at 8:10. Students arriving after 8:40 must sign-in at the office so that their attendance can be changed from absent too late. Regular school attendance is in your child’s best interest. There is a clear correlation between good attendance and academic achievement. Students need to attend school to fully maximize their educational opportunities. In addition, the law in Michigan governing compulsory attendance requires a parent, legal guardian, or other person having control or charge of a child age six to sixteen, shall be required to send such child, to the public school during the entire school year except under limited circumstances.
Starting the summer vacation before the end of the school year or taking a vacation in the middle of the school year is not in your child’s best educational interest. Therefore, this is considered an unexcused absence. River Oaks School has a procedure in place for addressing excessive absences/tardiness. After any student has shown a pattern of unexcused absences, parents will be contacted to discuss the issue. If absences continue, a letter will be sent to the parent/guardian. The letter will be a gentle reminder of the importance of regular school attendance. Subsequent letters will be sent for additional absences. All of these contacts are to assure that home and school are working together on the issue of attendance. One outcome of numerous absences, even if they are excused, is for the school to require a doctor’s excuse for each absence. This is an extreme measure used only in extreme situations. In addition, unexcused absences can lead to a truancy referral to Student Services. Please call 827-6750 to report your child’s absence during the year. We are looking forward to a great school year!