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Report Absence

SCHS School Day is from 7:30 am – 2:20 pm

Reporting an Absence

SCHS requires verification of every student absence. Verification must be made by parent / guardian (students are not permitted to report their own absences).  Absences can be reported by a written note, fax, email, or phone call before 9:00 am to the front office. Verification should include the following: student’s name, student’s grade, date, and reason for absence. Absences not verified within 5 days will be considered as unlawful and will be coded as unexcused. (Please note Athletic and Extracurricular activities policy for absences / tardies / early dismissals).

Fax – 410-751-3587

Email –

Phone –410-751-3575

A student is counted present for a full day of school if the student is in attendance over 3 hours and 30 minutes of the school day. A student is counted present for ½ day if in attendance between 45 minutes and 3 hours and 30 minutes. A student is absent all day if present less than 45 minutes.  (See the Student Handbook)

Vacations and Travel (Pre-Approval Required)

It is strongly recommended that parents plan vacation for times when school is not in regular session.  It is recognized, however, that occasionally students are absent for necessary important family activities.  When this occurs, prior written notification from a parent / guardian is to be approved by an administrator.  Even though absence may be excused, students are required to make-up work missed during this time. Some schoolwork missed, such as class participation or laboratory experiments, does not lend itself to make-up.  Missing such assignments may also affect the student’s grade.  All absences will apply to the school’s attendance policy and may result in the denial of course credit.

Student Travel / Vacation Approval Form

College Visits (Pre-Approval Required)

Juniors and Seniors will be allowed three college visits per school year with no absence charges with a written note from a parent / guardian 24 hours in advance of the visit. (Email, written or faxed).

Learner’s Permit Attendance Form

As of October 1, 2007, the Maryland Motor Vehicle (MVA) requires all applicants under the age of 16 to demonstrate an acceptable level of school attendance.  

Early Dismissal Passes

Students who need to be excused before the regular dismissal time (2:20 pm) must bring a note to the cafeteria before Mod 1 to receive an early dismissal pass. Notes should include the students name, reason for the dismissal, the date, time of dismissal and contact phone number.  At the early dismissal time the student will present the pass to the teacher, and go to the front office to sign out. All students must sign out in the front office before leaving and must sign back in through the front office when returning from a dismissal.

Occasionally a same day early dismissal arises. A phone call to school from a parent/guardian is required, an early dismissal pass will be sent to the student.

(Please note the Athletic/Extracurricular activities policy for early dismissals).

Do not use the SCHattandance email for early dismissals. That email does not distinguish between absences and dismissal emails.  If you have a same day early dismissal or the student forgot their note, please call the school at 410-751-3575.