Regular school attendance is critical for academic success. Our goal is to ensure that every student attends school regularly and on time.

When your child is absent or will be late to school

Please inform the school by sending an e-mail to and copy the child's teacher.

Excused Absences and Tardies

The following reasons for an absence or a tardy arrival are considered excused, according to the DCPS attendance policy:

  • Student illness (a doctor’s note is required for a student absent 5 or more days in a term)

  • Medical reasons such as a doctor’s appointment

  • Observance of a religious holiday

  • Death in the student’s immediate family

  • Necessity for a student to attend a judicial proceeding as a plaintiff, defendant, witness or juror

  • Failure of DC to provide transportation where legally responsible

  • Emergency circumstances approved by the Chancellor’s Office

Unexcused Absences or Tardies

Examples include:

  • Extended travel (domestic or international)

  • Traffic or having a vehicle that breaks down

  • Oversleeping

  • Running errands

Per DCPS policy:

  • Parents of students with five (5) unexcused absences will be requested to participate in a truancy conference.

  • Students ages 5-13 with ten (10) unexcused absences will be referred to the Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) for suspected educational neglect.

  • Students in excess of twenty (20) days of absence may be withdrawn from DCPS.

Please see DCPS attendance policy for more information.