IDEA Public Charter School

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1027 45th St. NE, Washington, DC 20019 Phone: 202-399-4750
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Attendance Policy

If your child is going to be absent from or late to school, please call the main office at 202-399-4750.

School Day Hours
  • 7:45-8:15am -- FREE breakfast served
  • 8:15am -- Students may go to their lockers
  • 8:25am -- First bell rings, students report to first period class
  • 8:30am -- Class begins. Students who are not seated in their first period classes by 8:30am are considered late to school.
  • 3:25pm -- Dismissal (early release at 1:10pm on Wednesdays)
Tardy to School or Class

This is defined as a student who is:
  • Not seated by the time the bell for school or class starts is considered unexcused tardy.
  • Unexcused tardy to any class or advisory 3 or more times earn a mandatory after school detention
  • More than five minutes late to any period or lunch, is considered to be skipping class and will be assigned to in-school suspension for a portion or the remainder of the day.
Early Dismissal
  • A parent/guardian must send documentation in writing to the attendance officer. The attendance officer will verify the documentation and approve or deny the early dismissal.
  • Students are not allowed to leave school by telephone request or written note alone.
  • The student will be considered excused if the dismissal is for a reason that is in accordance with the excused absence policy.
Early dismissals are only granted when requested from a parent/guardian and/or emergency contacts that are documented during the enrollment process.
Attendance Failure/Loss of Academic Credit
  • Five absences (excused or unexcused) in any quarter in a particular class will result in an automatic loss of credit for that quarter in that class.
  • A grade of F will be issued to the student for any class in which s/he has exceeded the number of allowable absences. Students and parents/guardians may appeal a loss of class credit by following the appeals procedure no later than three weeks after the end of the quarter or semester grading period.
  • A total of 10 unexcused absences during any semester in a particular class will result in an automatic loss of credit for the semester.
Excused Absences
  • Death in the student’s immediate family (verification required)
  • Illness of the student (a doctor’s certificate is required for a student absent more than two consecutive/three or more days)
  • Observance of a religious holiday
  • Medical reasons such as a doctor’s appointment
  • Suspension (Out-of-School or In-School)
  • Other absences approved in advance by the IDEA administration upon the written request *Excused absences still count towards a students’ total number of absences.
Students who are absent from school are not permitted to be on school property, participate in school activities or attend school activities or afterschool activities.

Documenting an Excused Absence

When a student returns to school after an absence, s/he should bring a note to the main office. The note should include the date(s) of the absence, the reason for the absence, and any required documentation. An original doctor’s certificate should be provided for medical appointments scheduled during the school day or absences due to illness totaling three or more days.

  • Truancy is the willful absence from school by a minor (5–18 years of age) with or without parental approval, knowledge, or consent.
  • A truant is a minor (5–18 years of age) who, without a valid reason and with or without parental knowledge or consent, does not attend school. A truant is defined as any student who accumulates 25 or more unexcused absences in one school year.
Absences and Unenrollment
  • If a student has 20 or more unexcused absences (non-consecutive), s/he will be automatically unenrolled from IDEA.
  • If a student is absent for 10 consecutive days, unexcused, s/he will be automatically unenrolled from IDEA.
  • If a student has 15 or more unexcused absences (consecutive or non-consecutive), we will make a referral to Child Protective Services or Truancy Court.
  • Students who are unenrolled will not be eligible to return to IDEA for the school year in which they were unenrolled. Students will have to reapply as a new student for the subsequent school year.
Make-Up Work Policy

IDEA students who are absent from school are responsible for:
  • Resuming their work the day they return to school
  • Requesting, collecting and completing all missed work and assignments from each teacher
  • Creating and correctly following a make-up work plan with teachers if he/she is absent from school for five or more days.  No credit will be given if the plan is not followed correctly by the student.