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Attendance Office


Please email to report anything related to daily attendance.


Per the Handbook:


Attendance Policy Bishop Grimes believes strongly that regular,  in-person attendance and punctuality are essential to good performance in school. Through the combined efforts of students, families, and school personnel, the goals of punctuality, self-discipline, and responsibility can be developed as we prepare students for the adult world. Regular attendance is a necessary part of this preparation. Virtual attendance does NOT count as being Present, unless it is a designated Virtual Learning Day, by administration, for the entire school. 

Excused Absence Excused absences are defined as absences that the school regards as legitimate reasons for being out of school, as included in the school policy. These could include:

  • Illness verified by note from parent/guardian (no more than three per semester)
  • Illness verified by note from Physician (after three parent excused calls) 
  • Family funeral
  • Military Connected Families (e.g. absences related to deployment/return) 
  • Excused by the school administration
  • Unexcused Absence An unexcused absence is any absence not covered under the definition of excused or exempt.

Upon the 10th​ UNEXCUSED absence, the student places him or herself in jeopardy of losing all credits for the semester. The administration will advise on all situations. Students are not considered absent when attending field trips, college visits, masses, school directed activities, traveling abroad, etc.

Any work submitted by a student during time considered UNEXCUSED, may be marked as a zero (0%).

Attendance Procedures:
The parent/guardian is expected to notify the school before 7:50 a.m. on the day of the student's absence. Parent/guardians are expected to email: or call the attendance office explaining an absence, and this note is to be provided to the attendance office the day the student returns. Failure to follow these procedures will result in the student receiving unexcused absence.

Attendance Guidelines:
If a student is to be absent for reasons other than illness, an email detailing the absence is requested at least two days in advance. If at all possible, families should not schedule doctor appointments, driving tests, and other personal business during the school day. Requests for early dismissal must be accompanied by a note from a parent/guardian. If a student becomes ill during the day, he/she must first call his/her family from the attendance or health office to receive permission before leaving.

Extracurricular Activities:
Daily attendance at school is expected. Students involved in any extracurricular activity (including sports) must have attended class ALL DAY on the day of the activity in order to be able to participate in that activity. Approved field trips or school activities constitute attending school. Any exemptions (funeral, dental, doctor, for example) must be approved by the school administration. "Sleeping in" with parental/guardian approval is not an allowable exemption.

Bishop Grimes is responsible for students developing a sense of self-management. Demanding punctuality is directed toward that goal. Punctuality is the duty and responsibility of each student. Students are expected to be on time for all classes and scheduled activities during the school day. If a student is more than 10 minutes late from the class, it will be considered an unexcused absence.

Students who form a pattern of being tardy for any period of the day, are in jeopardy of receiving no credit for the course. ​Teacher will contact parent after 3rd tardy. Upon the 6th tardy, the student may receive no credit for the class.

Tardiness Defined:
Tardiness is defined as a student not being in an assigned area or classroom when the allowed passing time has expired. A student is tardy if not in the classroom when the bell rings, unless he/she as an admit pass from school personnel. Emergency Closing In the case of a school cancellation or delay, parents and students are to check their email and/or the Bishop Grimes website. WE DO NOT FOLLOW THE PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICTS’ DECISION. Students may be responsible for virtual learning opportunities on Emergency Weather Days.

Standard Steps Taken for Virtual Learning Days:
Students will need to check in, via email, with their first period teacher by 8:00 am for attendance. If a student fails to check in with their first period teacher via email, it is an unexcused absence and they receive zero credit on all assignments for that day.

  • Assignments for the day are posted at FACTS and/or Google classroom.
  • Teachers ​may a​ssign 40 minutes of work or the equivalent of one period.
  • Teachers will be available via email during regular school. Should a student request a Google Meet with a teacher during the school day, every effort should be made to accommodate the student’s request.
  • Students are expected to have all work completed by 3:30 pm that afternoon.
  • The work should be essential to what would have been taught in school: engaging, explorative, relevant...this is not busy time. The work should mirror a lesson.
  • Student safety is our priority, and virtual learning days support that priority.