B-CC Attendance Office
Attendance Secretary Kathleen_M_Allen@mcpsmd.org
Policies and Procedures
Attendance Notes must include
o Student Name, ID number, Grade
o Reasons for absence
o Parent Signature and daytime phone number
o Notes must have a parent’s signature
o Scanned documents or photos of written notes with signature are accepted
Tardiness, Unexcused absence and Loss of Credit
o 3 unexcused tardies equal one unexcused absence
o 5 unexcused absences can result in loss of credit
o Student must sign in.
o Student must have a note from parent/guardian stating student I.D., reason, date and time of departure.
o Student must take the note to the attendance office in the morning, prior to leaving.
o Student must sign out.
o When student returns to school from an all-day absence, s/he must bring a note to the attendance office within 3 school days.
MCPS Excused Absences
1. Death in Family
2. Illness of student (doctor’s note required after 5 days)
3. Court summons (proof required)
4. Medical appointments
6. Observance of religious holiday
7. State emergency
8. Authorized activity approved in advance
9. Violent/hazardous weather
10. Lack of MCPS transportation
o Vacations are not excused absences.
o Attendance is taken in each period. An automated calling system notifies parents if a student is unexcused from any period of the day.
o No phone calls necessary when students are absent. Bring in a note upon returning to school.
o All absences are considered unexcused until a student presents a note, signed by his or her parent, to the attendance office. The student is responsible for carrying out this procedure. Whenever possible, use the B-CC Attendance Note.