Attendance & Late Arrivals

Perfect attendance and punctuality should be goals of all Elm Middle School students. Regular and prompt attendance at school is proven to be a key ingredient of academic success.

Attendance is essential for building good lifelong habits as well as developing the academic proficiencies needed to pass coursework and earn credits. In recent years, more than 90 percent of the Elm students who were required to attend summer school were also absent more than nine days of the school year.

Please note that if a student is absent, the absence shall be treated as excused or unexcused.

Attendance Procedures During Remote Learning 2.0

Attendance is taken at the beginning of each class period. 

If your student is unable to attend class, a parent or guardian must report their absence by phone or email to be excused.

► Call: 708-452-3550
► Email:

Unexcused absences are reported to parents and students via email and phone for each class period.

If your student is marked absent due to internet connectivity problems, please contact our attendance clerk to have the absence excused.

Attendance Procedures During In-Person Learning 

A parent or legal guardian is required to phone Elm's attendance voicemail every day the student is absent from school.

► Attendance Voicemail: 708-583-6400

If the call is NOT received on the attendance voicemail before 9 a.m. on the day of the absence, the absence will be considered UNEXCUSED.

Parents should be prepared to leave the following information on the attendance voicemail:

► Student name and year in school
► Student ID number
► Date of absence
► Reason for absence, and the name and daytime phone number of the parent calling

Excused Absences

Absences shall be excused only for the following reasons:

  1. Personal illness
  2. Bereavement
  3. Quarantine
  4. Family emergencies
  5. Observation of religious holidays (Advanced Absence forms required)
  6. Court appearance

Days not counted toward chronic absences:

  1. Hospital confinement with proper documentation
  2. Illness with a written doctor's note. Doctor's notes need to be submitted within 48 hours of the date of the absence.
  3. Suspensions
  4. Field trips

If a student feels ill while at school, the student is expected to check in with the school nurse or an administrator before contacting a parent/guardian to leave for the school day.

After a student accumulates 10 absences, a doctor's note will be required to excuse any future absences. A doctor's note will only be accepted within 48 hours of the student's absence.

Unexcused Absences

Absences will be considered unexcused for the following reasons:

  1. No call from parent/guardian
  2. Calls from parent/guardian after 9 a.m.
  3. Vacations without advance notice
  4. Oversleeping
  5. Other reasons as determined by the Dean's Office


Please consult the 2020-21 Elm Student Handbook (pages 8-9) for the consequences of excessive absences, excused or unexcused.

Late Arrivals to School

When Elm is open for in-person instruction, advisory begins at 7:55 a.m. each school day. Students arriving to school and their subsequent classes are expected to arrive on time. 

Late arrivals will be considered unexcused for the following reasons:

  1. No call from parent/guardian
  2. Oversleeping
  3. Other reasons as determined by the Dean's Office

Students will be issued a consequence in accordance with the school discipline code. It is the student's responsibility to monitor, serve detention and contact a parent/guardian regarding having to serve a detention.