Dear Future School Community:
After a busy start to the school year, we are settling into a productive educational routine. Students are exploring and even securing internships. Schedule changes have tapered off and academic work has begun in earnest. Advisories are coming together and creating the secure, supportive atmosphere that we know is so essential to education. Hopefully, your student is communicating about some of these exciting experiences to you at the end of the day.
We would like to address a couple of issues with you at this time: attendance and punctuality. Part of Future School’s promise to you and your student is to build professionalism that will lead to increased success in the workforce. Poor attendance and tardiness are the most common reasons for dismissal in the workplace. It is important that we start to reinforce professional expectations around punctuality and attendance.
Our first class starts at 8:45 in the morning. This means that students should be in their classrooms, seated and ready to learn at 8:45. Optimally, students should arrive at school by 8:40am to allow them to adequately prepare for the day. We will continue to offer gentle reminders and send home BrightArrow notifications for students arriving at school late. Chronic morning tardiness will necessitate a meeting between the advisor, parents, and student to troubleshoot the issue and find a solution that will allow for on-time arrival.
We are so grateful to be able to have our students back on campus this year! As such, we expect attendance each and every day unless there are extenuating circumstances, especially with the possibility of COVID-19 quarantine ever-present. Last year taught us that each and every day that we are able to be together on campus is a gift. Please treat it as such and require your student to attend school. Our attendance policy states: “Credit shall be given only at the discretion of the instructor and administration to students who have accumulated 10 unexcused absences in any given course through the span of a single semester.” This means that students who miss a specific class more than 10 times in a semester will be denied credit for that course, regardless of the grade they receive. If you have any questions about this policy, don’t hesitate to call or email us. We all know that students learn better when they’re present, and we know that establishing a habit of “showing up” leads to success later in life. Let’s all work together to make sure that our students are on time and at school!
Boyd Logan, Director Allison Montiel, Principal