All student absences must be reported by the legal guardian of the student to the attendance office. Students, even those over 18, are not allowed to call in and excuse an absence.

Full Day Absence

Please call the attendance office at 303-387-4002 by 10:00 am if your child will be excused for the entire day. Leave a message that includes: student’s name, date, name of person calling, relationship to student and contact number. If you are leaving a message on the “other” line please include a detailed reason for the absence to be approved by administration.

Early Dismissal or Late Arrival

Parents: The preferred method to excuse a student that will be leaving early or arriving to school late is via a handwritten note.

The note must be written in ink and include:

  • Student’s name/date/time of absence
  • If she or he will be returning to school (for early dismissal)
  • Parent signature and contact information

A call may be left on the attendance line, but this line is only checked periodically during the day. In the case of an emergency or prompt dismissal, please call the main line 303-387-4000.

Students: Students must check in and check out at the attendance office when leaving early or arriving late (other than off hours and open campus. Freshmen do not have off campus privileges)

If a student is leaving campus during an off hour and will not be returning they must check out at the attendance office prior to leaving.

Early Dismissal: Illness

If a student becomes ill during the school day, they must report to the health room located in the athletic office for an early dismissal.

For guidelines for determining student attendance see the district guidelines (District A-Z Nursing Services)

Extended Absence

If a student will be away from school for more than 3 consecutive days, other than medical reasons, an advanced notification absence form is necessary.


Timely attendance in class is essential for academic success. Consequently, 4 unexcused tardies will be equal to one unexcused absence.
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