Admin

Attendance

ATTENDANCE FAQs
 

  • Who works in the attendance office? The attendance office consists of two clerks and one dean.

Clerk Elsa Rosales- Elsa.rosales@ocps.net  407-905-6402

Dean Cody Jarrett- Cody.jarrett@ocps.net   407-905-6417 

 

  • What is the role of the attendance office? The attendance office is responsible for monitoring student attendance, tardiness and truancy daily, adjusting attendance based on testing and other school events and working with the FLDOE county and DMV on student attendance data. We are here to help students and families be successful and support you with any questions or concerns you may have.

 

  • What is truancy and why is it important? Truancy means a student has had at least 5 unexcused absences within a calendar month or 10 unexcused absences within a 90 calendar day period. If a student becomes truant there are procedures in place that could result in legal action. 

 

  • What can happen if my child becomes truant? The school will have to proceed with interventions that include legal action and a student’s permit or license can be revoked.

 

  • What is considered an excused and unexcused absence? An excused absence includes a medical appointment, counseling session, legal appointment, funeral of a family member or close friend or family emergency*. An unexcused absence may include personal reasons, shopping trips or vacation. *Documentation is required.

 

  • Where does my child bring notes if they are out of school? All documentation can be placed in two secure mailboxes that are located in the attendance office. There is one mailbox on either side of the office.

 

  • Why I am getting emails regarding my child’s tardiness? We are utilizing a new tardy system called HERO to track student tardiness. If a student does not report to class on time (they have 6 minutes in between classes) they have to report to a tardy cart nearest their classroom to obtain a tardy. If we have a parent email on file then the parent will receive real-time notification of their child’s tardy. Click here for parent and/or student log-in.

 

  • What happens when my child is tardy? We provide students 6 warnings on their tardy passes and on the 7th tardy a student is subject to disciplinary action which can include a referral, attendance contract or other disciplinary action including 1 day of PASS. We highly encourage students to be on time in order to maximize instruction in the classroom. 

 

  • What can I do if I am concerned about my child’s attendance? You can reach                                    out to your child’s teachers, guidance counselor or the attendance office to address any concerns. 

 

  • Can my child sign themselves out and leave campus if they are 18 years old?  If a student that is 18 needs to leave campus the attendance dean will call a parent to authorize. This practice is discouraged unless it is an absolute emergency. 17 year old students or students that drive their own vehicle to campus require a parent or guardian to sign them out if it is needed based on state law requirements.

If you have specific questions or concerns about attendance please call our office or click on the parent guide link below.

https://www.ocps.net/cms/One.aspx?portalId=54703&pageId=988876

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