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ATTENDANCE FAQ
 
ABSENCES
Students are considered chronically absent when they accumulate 15 absences throughout the year (equivalent to 3.75 days per quarter).
 
RETURNING FROM AN ABSENCE:
Upon returning to campus, students should report directly to the Front Office for a Cleared-to-Return slip. Due to COVID-19, additional documentation may be required for students returning to school after experiencing any COVID-like symptoms.
 
HOW TO HAVE ABSENCES EXCUSED School will excuse absences when a note is submitted within 3 days upon student’s return to school. It can be brought to the Front Office or emailed to [email protected]. To ensure a smooth readmit to class, it is best to send your student with the proper documentation upon their return.
 
PARENT NOTES – WHAT IS REQUIRED? Notes must include the following: student’s full name, date of absence(s), reason for absence, and Parent/Guardian signature. A doctor’s note is required for 5 or more consecutive absences. Also, see required documentation for readmit/clearance for students returning to school after illness.
 
EXAMPLES OF EXCUSED ABSENCES
 
  • Transportation issues
  • Babysitting
  • Entertaining visitors/guests Family vacation/trips (Please consider touring a college while on trip. Refer to College Visits above. Also, see section on STUDENT TRAVEL for information on readmit/clearance requirements if traveling out-of-state.)
  • Personal
 
RETURNING AFTER ILLNESS
  • If your child was absent for any of the listed illnesses, please follow the guidelines below for return to school.
  • Fever (100F or higher)
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue (tiredness, weakness)
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat Congestion or runny nose Muscle or body aches
 
For someone with any of the COVID-19-like symptoms listed above – It is recommended to
meet ALL three criteria in ONE of the following options:
 
1. NEGATIVE COVID-19 TEST
- Negative COVID-19 test result (Home tests are accepted)
- At least 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medication
- Symptoms have improved
2. AT LEAST 5 DAYS
- At least 5 days have passed since symptoms first appeared
- At least 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medication
- Symptoms have improved
3. DOCTOR'S NOTE
- A signed note from a licensed medical provider
- At least 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medication
- Symptoms have improved
 
Return to Work/School Criteria COVID
If you have any questions, you may reach the Health Assistant at [email protected] or call her at 307-4249.
 
STUDENT TRAVEL
Interisland & Out-of-State Travel:
Students are no longer required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result for travel.
Recommended guidelines after returning:
• Wear a mask for 5 days
• Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms
• If symptoms develop, stay home and follow quarantine guidelines
• Test for COVID-19 on the 5th day after you return home
 
EXCUSED travel-related absences (note or documentation is REQUIRED for excuse)
School will excuse absences when a note is submitted within 3 days upon student’s return to school. Notes must include the following: student’s full name, date of absence(s), reason for absence, and Parent/Guardian signature.
 
  • Funerals excused up to 5 days in State of Hawaii, 10 days on the mainland or out of country
  • College Visits excused up to 5 days per year with proper documentation from college (Pre-approved by principal prior to trip; signed note from Parent/Guardian and proper documentation on college letterhead with date and student’s name upon return is required)
  • Field Trips, student council related activities, school athletic team events
  • Academic/Cultural/Artistic/Athletic Events whose dates are dictated by a state or national organization (Pre-approved by principal prior to event; signed note from Parent/Guardian and itinerary/schedule with date and student’s name are required)