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BCHS Handbook for Students and Parents


Regular attendance and punctuality are expected of students from the first day of school. Children should understand that regular school attendance is essential to their educational development and well-being. With some exceptions, every child enrolled in school is expected to be present. State law specifies certain legal absences are permitted, of which personal illness is most common. School attendance is closely monitored.

Absences, tardiness and early departures (ATED) from class or school are excused if they are due to personal illness, illness or death in the family, impassable roads or weather, religious observance, quarantine or attendance at health clinics. All other ATEDs are considered unexcused absences.

All ATEDs must be accounted for. It is the parent’s responsibility to notify the school office the morning of the absence and to provide a written excuse upon the student’s return to school. Please read the district’s attendance policy in the District Code of Conduct.

Parents who expect to be away for any length of time should notify school authorities and indicate the adult responsible for the student during that period of time.

Unexcused Absences

For unexcused absences, students may not have the privilege of teacher assistance for make-up work. Repeated unexcused absences for students age 16 or under may result in the filing of a PINS (Persons In Need of Supervision) petition.


Truancy is any student absence from school without the permission or awareness of parents or the school office. A truant student may not have the privilege of teacher assistance or make-up work. Repeated truancy for students age 16 or under can result in the filing of a PINS petition. Students that are truant for a full day will receive two days of Internal School Suspension. For a partial-day truancy, the student will receive one day of Internal School Suspension.

LATE TO School

Each student must be in homeroom by 7:35 a.m. At 7:30 a.m., a bell will ring, signaling students to move to homeroom. Any student arriving after 7:35 a.m. is considered late to school and should report to the cafeteria to sign-in. Any student arriving after 7:43 a.m. must report to the main office and sign-in.

A written note from the student’s parent or guardian must be provided upon the student’s late arrival to school. Reasons for excused lates include:


Illness or death in the family

Religious obligation

Court appearance

Medical or dental appointments

Impassable roads or severe weather conditions

NOTE: A student who presents with 5 illness or medical/dental appointment notes per quarter will provide physician’s documentation of illness/treatment.

Late referrals will count in eligibility totals for all students for special events (see page 14) as well as junior/senior privileges

Students are allowed three unexcused lates per quarter. At the third late, the student is referred to the dean for an attendance review. At the fourth late, the student is referred to the dean with the following consequences:

Fourth late: After school detention

Fifth late: 2 After school detentions

Sixth late: Attendance contract. Suspension of privileges for grades 11-12.

Further consequences may apply as per the Code of Conduct.

Late to Class

Students late to class will be kept in class and the teacher will assign appropriate make-up time and consequences. These may include teacher detention, teacher phone call to parent/guardian or other sanctions. Please note that students who are more than 20 minutes late will not receive attendance credit.

Early Dismissals

Legal reasons for early dismissal are the same as those for excused absences. An excuse of personal business is not acceptable and will be treated the same as an unexcused absence.

Early dismissal from a student’s scheduled program is granted only by parental note. The telephone number of the parent who will verify the note is required. The note must be received by the attendance officer prior to homeroom on the day of the dismissal. The student must sign out at the main entrance desk before leaving the building. Upon return, he/she must sign in at the main office. A student who has failed to bring a note from a parent must see the assistant principal for assistance. Detention will be assigned for failure to follow rules for leaving school on an early dismissal.

After a student has entered the school grounds he/she is not permitted to leave without special permission. A student leaving campus without an early dismissal slip from the office will be considered truant.

Illegal Attendance

If a student is found to be attending school but did not attend homeroom or sign in at the main office, his/her register will be corrected and the guidelines for truancy will be followed with appropriate disciplinary procedures.

Class Attendance Policy

The faculty of BCHS believes attendance is more than an obligation. Student attendance and class participation are vital to successful learning. Therefore, student absences, including excused and unexcused absences, in excess of thirty (30) class meetings for a full-year course and fifteen (15) class meetings for a semester course may result in the loss of opportunity to complete exams and other course requirements. Students are expected to remain in the course if they wish to be eligible to enroll in summer school.

Any students changing courses at the start of the year or semester are to remain in the class until they receive formal notice from the Counseling Center that they have been removed from the class roster. Failure to comply with school rules will result in the assignment of detention.

Student attendance at a school-sponsored program or an alternative educational experience (e.g., field trip or music lesson) is not considered an absence from class. Teachers expect homework to be done on time.

The faculty, counselors and administrators will work together to inform parents and students regarding any attendance concerns, including class cuts. Any student who cuts three or more classes will be required to attend a parent-administrator conference.