Attendance Policy

Regular attendance has a direct correlation to high levels of student learning and we encourage students to be in every class, on time, every day of the school year. Northfield High School attendance goal, as part of the School Improvement Plan, is to reach a 95% school-wide attendance rate.  This percentage is equal to five (5) absences per semester.  An absence is defined as non-attendance in class.  An absence can be either “excused” or “unexcused” as outlined below. All seniors must have a 92% attendance rate in order to walk at Graduation.

Northfield High School will contact parents regarding student attendance concerns and will respond with appropriate consequences when non-attendance becomes problematic.  Parents can request their student’s attendance report in the main office and an attendance report can be obtained from the student’s Infinite Campus account.

 To Excuse an Absence

  • Leave a message on the Northfield attendance line: (720) 423-8001 by 7:45 am each and every day the student is absent.
  • Email the Northfield Attendance Office at northfield_attendance@dpsk12.org
  • Write a note within 24 hours of the absence, to be delivered to the main office

When possible, communicate excused absences to the main office prior to the absence or the day of the absence. Absences will remain “unexcused” if the request for an excuse is not accepted within one day of the absence.

All “excuses”, either written or verbal must include:

  • Parent/Guardians name
  • Student’s full name (please spell last name) and ID number
  • Date(s) of the absence
  • The reason for the absence
  • Telephone number where the guardian can be contacted during the day.

If a student is absent for three or more days, a doctor’s note must be provided.

Bringing an excuse note one or two days later does not apply to excused tardies or partial absence.  These must be excused on the day they occurred.

The following reasons constitute an excused absence:

  • Illness
  • Medical/dental appointment
  • Court date
  • Funeral
  • Religious Holiday
  • Personal reasons/Extenuating circumstances

Partial Day Absences

Please provide 24-hours notice.  All partials must be confirmed by a parent/guardian before a student can be dismissed.  Students returning from a partial must check back in with the attendance office.  Students must sign in and out of the main office when they leave and when they return.  Leaving school without checking out through the main office is considered an unexcused absence.

Excessive Absences

Excused

When a student has five or more excused days of absence during a nine-week time period, the Attendance Secretary shall complete an Attendance Referral to the Engagement Specialist.

Unexcused

An Attendance Referral may be made for one or more periods of unexcused absence (truancy), and will always be made in response to more than five unexcused absences in any nine week period.  Any student with more than 20 unexcused period absences, tardies or combination of both per semester could lose the privilege to participate in extracurricular activities, including athletics, dances or after-school functions.

Students with excessive absences may face several interventions which vary based on the severity of the concern.

Late to Class

Three unexcused tardies in one class equals one unexcused absence. A student will be considered tardy if he or she is not in class when the bell rings.

Attendance Process

1-5 unexcused period absences in a 9 week period

  • Automatic phone call and e-mail from IC for unexcused absences
  • Referral to the Engagement Specialist or grade level administrator with appropriate consequences

6 or more unexcused period absences in a 9 week period

After the initial referral to the Engagement Specialist, successive unexcused absences will result in an increase in the level of consequence.

  • Student Conference with Engagement Specialist and School Counselor (including parent contact)
  • Attendance Contract
  • Loss of Off-Campus Privileges (including lunch and all other periods)
  • Lunch Detention
  • In-School Suspension or Alternative (Community Service)
  • Parent Conference/Home Visit
  • Loss of Privilege to Attend School Athletic and Social Functions
  • Referral to MTSS
  • Referral to Appropriate Agency for Support
  • Truancy Notice
  • Filing in Juvenile Attendance Court

When the truant student is under 16 years of age and has accumulated 20 absences during the school year the School Social Worker will automatically evaluate the initiation of judicial proceedings under the Compulsory Attendance Law.

Students who are 16 years and older, who have been absent from school 20 or more consecutive days and who cannot be located, and students who are enrolled in an alternative placement such as day treatment, may be withdrawn from Northfield High School.

Any student who is found off campus while their privileges have been denied will be required to attend the Restorative Center for the remainder of that day. The parent will be contacted and the Engagement Specialist may decide to revoke the student’s off-campus privilege for the following nine-week period.

Tardy Policy

Being punctual is necessary for both college and career. A student is considered tardy if they are not in the classroom at the time of the bell. Within the first five minutes of the period, teachers will mark the student tardy in IC. After this time, students are required to go to the front office for a tardy pass. Students arriving to class 15 minutes after the bell will be marked absent.

Tardies will be excused with a note or phone call from the parent/guardian at the time of arrival.  Please check in with the Attendance Office.  Excessive excused tardies–seven within a nine- week period, may result in a referral to the Engagement Specialist.

Unexcused Tardies:

  • Four (4) unexcused tardies – lunch detention the next day and parent notification.
  • Five (5) unexcused tardies – lunch detention and will be scheduled into a mandatory study hall during their free period for one week.
  • Six (6) or more tardies – lunch detention, scheduled into study hall, and loss of all off campus privileges.

These counts and consequences reset every 9 weeks.

DPS Policy Information

For detailed descriptions of DPS policies regarding attendance, conduct, discipline, health-safety, and interscholastic activities please download the DPS Parent Handbook at: http://communications.dpsk12.org/languages/

Colorado Revised Statutes, 22-33-102, provides that school districts will establish policies for attendance.  The Denver Public Schools board policy JE directs that schools develop specific guidelines and policies around student attendance. Northfield aligns to district policies.

Make-up Work for Excused and School-Related Absences

The student or family is responsible for initiating make up work when absent.  For each excused absence or school activity absence, students will be permitted two-days (48 hours) to complete and submit course work unless other arrangements are made with the teacher.  Teachers may decide to give equivalent work, not necessarily identical assignments, given to students who were present in class. It is up to the teacher’s discretion whether or not an unexcused student is allowed to make up any missed work. Students who are attending a school activity may make arrangements with teachers to turn in work before their absences.

If a student is unable to participate in a physical education class due to an injury, a note signed by the parent must be given to the class teacher in advance. If a student fails to participate in a class two or more consecutive times, a doctor’s note is required. If non-participation becomes excessive, a doctor’s note may be required for each day of non-participation.   

Missing Assignments

It is the student’s responsibility to meet promptly with the teacher to discuss a plan-of-action to resolve missing coursework.  If late assignments are accepted by the teacher, coursework will only be accepted within one week of the assignment due date.  All missing coursework will be recorded in the teacher’s grade book as a “zero” or “m” until the agreements of the action plan has been met. If the agreements of the action-plan are not met, the coursework grade will permanently reflect the grade of zero in the grade book. 

Homework Request for extended absences

Students who will be on an extended absence, more than three days, from school due to illness or other approved reasons may request make-up work from the School Counselor.