Attendance & Late Arrivals

Regular and prompt attendance at school is proven to be a key ingredient of academic success. However, if your child will be absent or late, please follow the procedures outlined below.

Reporting an Absence

If a student is going to be absent from Elmwood, a parent must call in before 8:30 a.m. the day of the absence. Parents may use the following numbers:

  • 708-452-3558 during office hours (8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday)
  • 708-583-6260 before or after office hours (voicemail)

When leaving a voicemail message, please state the day, your name, the name of your student and the reason for his or her absence.

It is very important to call the office before 8:30 a.m. on days when your child is absent. If we do not hear from you, it will be necessary for us to call home to confirm the reason for the absence.

When a parent will be out of town and a student will be under the care of someone else, the parent must notify the office of the name and phone number(s) of that caretaker.

Work Missed During an Absence

Students will be allowed one day for each day absent to make up work for a class.

Any work due on the day of an absence must be submitted on the first day back to the class or be subject to rules governing late work that have been established by the teacher. 

Excessive Absences

Absenteeism that averages more than one day every two weeks is a serious problem that will be investigated by school officials.

If a student is absent five or more consecutive days due to illness, the student may be required to bring a note from the doctor to be allowed back to school. At the request of the school administration, a student may be asked to produce a doctor's explanation for an unusual attendance pattern.

If a student is absent 10 or more times, the following steps will be taken:

  • After the 10th absence (excused or unexcused) a letter will be sent to the home. If absences continue, a telephone conference will be required.
  • After the 20th absence, a second letter will be sent home, warning of consequences if absences continue. A conference must be held.
  • After the 45th absence, a certified letter will be sent to the home, warning that the student may be retained.

Parents should consult with the principal if their child is having chronic absentee problems.

Pre-Arranged Absences

Pre-arranged absences due to family vacations or other reasons must receive school approval prior to the absence.

When a future absence is expected, a note should be sent to the student's homeroom teacher, who will forward it to the main office.

The student is responsible for gathering assignments so a minimum of work will be missed. Any assigned work must be turned in a week after returning to school, or it will not be counted for grading purposes.

Dismissals During the School Day

If a child is to be dismissed during the school day, a note must be sent to the teacher, who will then forward it to the main office. Parents must report to the school office when picking up their student.

Late Arrivals to School

Tardiness is very disruptive and every effort should be made to be on time.

Students arriving after 8:40 a.m. on regular days or 9:17 a.m. on late-start Wednesdays will be marked tardy by their classroom teacher and will need to obtain an admit slip from the office.

Six or more tardies per semester will result in an after-school detention, and the student will be issued a detention for each tardy thereafter. A report may be made to the Cook County truancy officer after 12 tardies.