Absences & Late Arrivals


Regular and prompt attendance at school is proven to be a key ingredient of academic success.

In recent years, more than 90 percent of the Elm Middle School students who were required to attend summer school were also absent more than nine days of the school year.


Reporting an Absence


If a student is going to be absent from Elm, a parent must call in before 8:30 a.m. the day of the absence at 708-452-3550.

Please state the student’s name, grade, your relationship to the student and the reason for the absence.

If you call in before or after office hours (7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday), please leave a voicemail message with the necessary information.


Late Arrivals to School


All student entry doors are locked at 7:52 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and at 9:02 a.m. on Wednesdays. Tardy students should come to the main entrance.

Students who arrive at school after the 7:52 a.m. bell (9:02 a.m. on Wednesdays) must report to the office for a tardy pass.