2024-2025 Attendance Information and Resources

Mon, 03/29/2021 - 2:57pm

2024-2025 Attendance Information and Resources

Research shows that showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic and social success, starting in pre-kindergarten and continuing through high school. 

  • Missing 10% (or about 18 days of a school year or 2 a month) can drastically affect a student’s academic success at each grade level.

  • By the 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that can indicate if a student is at risk for dropping out of high school.

  • In the 9th grade, regular and high attendance predicts graduation rates better than 8th-grade test scores.

Please help us support a culture of showing up to school every day!

Please review Policy 9010: https://policy.hcpss.org/9000/9010/

If your student is absent or will be absent, please get in touch with us at the following email address to explain the reason: BWESabsence@hcpss.org.  In the email, please Include the following information:

  • Student First and Last Name

  • Grade 

  • Reason for absence (e.g., illness, bereavement, observance of a religious holiday, lack of transportation)

Discretionary Days

HCPSS students are granted 3 days a year to use at their discretion for scheduled interviews with prospective employers, visits to post-secondary institutions, family trips, civic engagement, and other special events.

  • Such absences may not occur during exam or state-mandated testing periods unless authorized by the principal/designee.

  • A written request for such absences to be lawful/excused should be submitted at least one week in advance to the principal/designee. Please download the PDF fillable Discretionary Absence Form and email it to BWESabsence@hcpss.org. The form is also available in Chinese, Korean, and Spanish

If you request a day for a religious holiday not identified by the Howard County Public School System school calendar, please download the PDF fillable Religious Obligation Form and email it to BWESabsence@hcpss.org.