Faithful attendance is an important requirement for our life together and one of the keys to academic success. Please notify the QCS office mbeneche@quisqueya.org for all absences, planned and unplanned. If a student is absent, the parent must contact the office and initiate getting notes, work, and assignments.

1. Absence

a. Unplanned absence (for example, sickness): Parents are asked to call the school office between 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on the day the student is absent to give notice of the absence and the anticipated duration of the absence. If the school is not contacted, communication will be attempted to make sure the student hasn’t had some unexpected difficulty on the way to school.

b. Planned absences: Planned Absences should be arranged in advance, in writing with the teachers and the QCS office at least one week in advance. Students are encouraged to complete assignments ahead of time, if possible, and are expected to complete assignments by the due dates set by the teacher.

c. Excessive absences (for high school students) are defined as missing any one class more than 10 times during a semester. Students with 10 or more absences in a class, may not receive credit for the class.

d. Truancy: Students who are absent without parental permission are considered truant. Truancy is considered very serious and discipline may involve dismissal from school.

2. Tardiness

Students are expected to be in their seats and ready to work at the start of each class period. Walking into a classroom late is disruptive and students who are late miss important announcements and directions.

a. A student who is late for school will receive 1/3 of an absence.

b. Students who are habitually late may face additional consequences, including Saturday detention or after school service hours.

3. Withdrawal from school

Withdrawal of a student is accomplished with the least disruption if parents notify the school several weeks in advance. Our checklist helps us complete the process in an orderly fashion. As a general rule, students may not receive credit for the grading period if they leave school more than two weeks before the end of the period. With enough notice, however, arrangements for exceptions can be made through correspondence courses. Students who withdraw in good standing will be welcomed back upon submission of re-enrollment forms and required documentation. Students who withdraw because of academic or behavioral problems will be considered for readmission based on submission of re-enrollment forms, necessary documentation, and an interview with the director.