22 ASB Middle School Handbook
the school will seek a clear understanding of health concerns through school-home
communication. After the eighth absence in a trimester, a meeting will be convened with
the student, parent or guardian and the principal or counselor to assure on-going support
for the students health concerns.
2. Illness. Because the well-being of students is our highest priority, an ill student should not
be sent to school later in the day because they are feeling better. If a student is too ill to
attend their first period class, they should remain at home the entire day.
3. Getting Missed Work. The online grade book, Haiku, is the most reliable source for
families to keep up with assignments in Middle School classes. In addition, students should
also email their teachers to ensure that they get the most up-to-date information. Students
may also phone a peer to get any important notes and assignments from classes missed.
Parents may email teachers directly.
4. Late Arrival. Students who arrive late to school should check in at the Middle School Office
and get a pass to enable us to record their attendance.
5. Early Departure. Students who must depart early from school for personal reasons must
have permission from a parent or guardian and must receive a pass from the MS Office to
exit the premises. Students who depart early due to health concerns must see our school
nurse, and parents and the MS Office must be notified prior to departure. A pass to exit the
premises can be received from the MS Office.
6. Planned/Extended Absence for Family Reasons. We discourage students from taking
leave from school during the academic period. Learning opportunities in the classroom
are often difficult or impossible to make up due to the collaborative and/or performance
nature of the work students are involved in to demonstrate their learning. Students are
encouraged to make use of the holiday periods to take part in other activities outside of
school. We do understand that in an international community a family may decide that
a particularly important occasion takes precedence over attendance at school. In these
events, teachers will do their best to keep students informed of the work that is going on
in class so that the child may complete it independently. If students plan to be away, they
must inform the MS Office in advance and contact their teachers for their assignments,
if the absence is for a day or two. Absences longer than two days require the students to
have their teachers fill out a planned “Absence Form” at least two days before the intended
absence. The forms are available at the Middle School Office and are issued upon receipt
of a note from a parent/guardian. It is at the teacher’s discretion to provide homework in
advance. However, students are responsible for completing all work they have missed.
7. Planned/Extended Absence for School Reasons. If a child is absent on a school trip
such as for ASIAC or MATHCOUNTS, they are encouraged to plan ahead so that they are
able to keep up with their homework. A child will have an additional day to complete the
homework for each day they are absent. A child on academic probation may not be eligible
to attend a school trip.