Attendance Policy

If your student will be ABSENT or TARDY, please contact the MEHMS Attendance Office by phone or email.

Phone: (703) 720-5701 | Email: Attendance Secretary | Pre-Arranged Absence Request Form | School Board Policy


Excused Absence

Absence and tardy for the following reasons will be excused:

  • Illness verified by parent/guardian or doctor. If the absence is longer than three days a doctor's note is required to be turned in to the attendance office.
  • Pre-arranged absences consistent with the regulation issued by Superintendent
  • Death in the family
  • Observance of a religious holiday
  • Doctor or dental appointment
  • Extreme family emergency
  • Suspension

Unexcused Absences

Absence and tardy for the following reasons will be unexcused:

  • Oversleeping
  • Missing the bus
  • Transportation problems
  • Absence with parent/guardian permission but for reasons not on the excused list
  • Non-school related activities
  • Working
  • Unapproved trips
  • Child care situations
  • Shopping

How to Pre-Arrange an Absences

Pre-arranged absences are consistent with the regulation issued by the Superintendent.

  • Absences of ONEor TWO consecutive days require at least 2 days advance notice to the attendance office. The note must state the reason(s) for absence.
  • Absences of THREE consecutive days or more requires administrative approval. A parent/guardian needs to submit a pre-arranged absence form to the attendance office as far in advance as possible, but NO LESS THAN THREE DAYS PRIOR TO THE ABSENCES.

Make-Up Work

Make-up work cannot substitute for missed classroom experience.

  • If a student is absent for one day, he/she should get their assignments from their teachers
  • If a student is absent for three or more days, assignments can be requested through the attendance office
  • If a student has been approved for a pre-arranged absence, the student is responsible to for getting his/her assignments from their teachers beforehand

Early Pick-Up

For early pick-up, an adult must come to the front office to sign out the student. If the adult is not a parent, guardian, or emergency contact, prior notification to the front office is required. The adult will also need to provide picture identification to the front office staff.