School attendance is essential as it directly relates to student achievement; therefore, the importance of regular attendance cannot be overstated. According to Florida Law parents have the responsibility to have their child in school every day he/she is physically able, arriving promptly, and remaining throughout the scheduled day. Vacations and trips must be preapproved by the school administration.
If your child is ill a call should be made to the school office by 9:00am at (863) 291-5357). Upon their return to school please send a note signed by the parent explaining the reason for the absence.
Excused Absences are defined as an absence that has the sanction of the parent and the school. The following absences are acceptable and will be excused with appropriated documentation:
- Personal Illness
- Illness or Death in the Immediate Family
- Religious Holidays
- Educational Trips
- Trips with Parents
- School Sponsored Activities
- Judicial Actions
- Military Dependent School Age Students
Parents can now access their child’s information from any computer/tablet/smartphone with an internet connection. The MyPolkSchools Parent Portal allows parents to check for the accuracy of their child’s attendance.
Promptness to class is necessary for the student to take full advantage of available educational opportunities. All students should be on campus in time to be in class at 7:50am. Instruction, organization, and preparation for the day begins immediately. Excused and unexcused tardies will be defined the same as excused and unexcused absences.
Please do not drop children off after the tardy bell rings at 8:00 a.m. A parent must walk tardy students to the front office for a tardy slip. Everyone now will need to be buzzed into the front entrance of the school for safety reasons. Excused and unexcused tardies will be defined the same as excused and unexcused absences.
Messenger is the communication system used to notify parents when children are absent. If your child arrives after the call-out is made please understand that the class attendance was already verified prior to your student’s arrival. Please be sure the office has your correct phone number for messages and emergencies.
For the purpose of truancy, three unexcused tardies and/or unexcused early dismissals will equal one day unexcused absence.
Students Leaving During the School Day
Students will be released ONLY to those adults listed on the emergency card. It is imperative that your child’s emergency information card is kept up-to-date. Please let the office know of any changes in address or phone number.
Please make every effort to schedule medical and dental appointments after school hours or during holiday breaks. When your child leaves early it disrupts the entire classroom learning environment.
- STUDENTS MAY NOT BE CHECKED OUT AFTER 2:30 P.M.
- It is the student’s responsibility to request and complete all make-up work.
Eagle Lake Elementary will continue to follow the district mandated uniform policy. School shirts may be purchased in the Main Office
Test Taking Tips
- Get a good night’s sleep
- Eat a good breakfast
- Get to school on time
- Listen to the directions.
- Read carefully
- Check all work
- Relax and do your best