It is vital for students to be present and on time to school for students to gain a day‘s learning for a day‘s instruction. Good attendance is a priority at Yale Elementary.

Along with the truancy task force, APS staff members are aggressively enforcing truancy interventions and creating support for parents and students to succeed and be in class every day. To achieve the district vision of graduating every student with the choice to go to college without remediation, the APS truancy policy strives to keep students in school. Every child deserves this opportunity. In order to achieve this vision and prevent students from dropping out of school, we must have students in school every day. Parents, please discuss the importance of school attendance with your children. Help them to understand that the attendance habits they develop in elementary school now will last until they graduate.

Absence Reporting
 
If your child is absent from school, you will need to call the office at 303-751-7470 before 8:30 a.m. the day of the absence.
 
You may also call and leave a message on the office voicemail 24 hours a day.  Please give the following information:
-Your child's name
-Your child's classroom teacher
-Day or days of absence
-Reason of absence
If we are not notified, our Health Para will contact you to verify your child's absence.

Attendance

According to state law, it is the obligation of parents to ensure that every child under their care and supervision receives adequate education and that children of compulsory attendance age attend school.

Being on time to school is critical.  Not only does it develop good habits for life (being on time to one's job is usually not optional), but it allows the students to be prepared for their day of learning.  Tardy students often miss important daily instructions.  Even worse, they distract the rest of the class from the learning in which they are engaged.  Parents are encouraged to have their children on time to school every day. Sometimes there are circumstances, such as doctor's appointments, that are unavoidable. In these cases be sure to phone the school ahead of time to notify the office. We ask that all tardy students come to the office for a late slip.

Release of Students During the School Day

Students shall be released only to the person(s) designated on the students registration except when the principal/designee has reasonable assurance that the release to a person is authorized by the legal custodian or by court order. Appropriate identification must be provided. Under no other circumstance shall a person not listed on the student's registration be allowed to pick up a student. Students must always be checked out through the school's main office.

Students Picked Up Late or Dropped Off Early

Students are not allowed to be at school before 8:05 AM, unless they are eating breakfast. Students that eat breakfast in the cafeteria may arrive at 7:55 AM. If students come to school early, they will be put into the morning YMCA program and the parent or guardian will be charged.

Students are not allowed to be at school past 3:20 PM. The office closes at 4:00 PM. Any students that have not been picked up by 4:00 will be put into the afternoon YMCA program and the parent or guardian will be charged.

Tardy Students
Parents are encouraged to have their children on time to school every day. Sometimes there are circumstances such as doctor’s appointments  that are unavoidable. In these cases be sure to phone the school ahead of time to notify the office. We ask that all tardy students come to the office for a late slip.

Truancy
It is vital for students to be present and on time to school for students to gain a day's learning for a day's instruction.  Good attendance is a priority at Yale Elementary.
 
A truant student is one that misses school without a valid excuse, such as illness, doctor/dentist appointment, death in the family or family emergency.  Excessive absences can contribute to truancy.

With a newly formed truancy task force, APS staff members are aggressively enforcing truancy interventions and creating support for parents and students to succeed and be in class every day.  To achieve the district vision of graduating every student with the choice to go to college without remediation, the APS truancy policy strives to keep students in school.  Every child deserves this opportunity.  In order to achieve this vision and prevent students from dropping out of school,  we must have students in school every day.  Parents, please discuss the importance of school attendance with your children.  Help them to understand that the attendance habits they develop in elementary school now will last until they graduate.