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Attendance Policy
Farnsworth School follows the Chicago Board of Education policy regarding student attendance.

What to Do If Your Child Is Absent
The following steps should be taken if your child will be absent from school:

1. Contact the school at (773) 534-3535
Note: Parents/guardians will be notified via an automated attendant that their children are not in attendance even if a phone call was made to school to ensure the safety of all students.

2. Send a signed note with your child on the first day he/she returns to school explaining  why the student was absent and the date of the absence. For your convenience, a sample School Absence Note is located in the Parent section of the website. You may print and use this note if needed. If your child returns to school without a signed and dated note, the absence will be considered unexcused.

Excused Absences
Excused absences include medical or religious reasons, illness, family emergency, or death of an immediate relative.

Early Dismissal
If a student becomes ill at school, a staff member will contact you for an early dismissal. Please make every effort to schedule appointments and other obligations after school hours. Frequent early dismissals negatively impact the child’s educational progress and may result in a half or full day absence. If you must pick up your child early, please call the office ahead of time.

If a child arrives late to school he/she must enter the building through the main entrance and stop at the security desk for a Tardy Slip before going to the classroom. The number of times a student is late is reflected on his/her report card. It is important that parents make every effort to ensure their children get to school on time, every day. Tardiness not only interferes with the child’s education, but also disrupts the education process of his entire class and is a SCC violation (1-6). Students who arrive late due to late arrival of their bus will not be considered tardy.