Absences/Early Dismissal/Late Arrivals

Thu, 09/30/2021 - 2:42pm

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When a student is absent, please email bmmsabsence@hcpss.org and specify a reason for student absence.

If an email/note is not received, the absence will remain documented as an unexcused absence. Please see the Secondary Student Handbook for more information.

What is the Difference Between Excused and Unexcused Absences?

Lawful Absence - An excused absence for any portion of the day under the following conditions:

  1. Illness of the student
  2. Death in the immediate family
  3. Court summons
  4. Observance of a religious holiday
  5. Hazardous weather conditions (as determined by the Superintendent)
  6. State emergency (as determined by the Governor)
  7. Suspension
  8. Lack of authorized transportation (school system transportation)

Unlawful Absence  - An unexcused absence for any reason other than those cited as lawful is presumed as unlawful and may constitute truancy.

  1. Missed bus
  2. Car trouble
  3. Traffic
  4. No parking

Parents/Guardians have five days from the date of the absence to email the reason for their absence. If the note is received after the five-day grace period, the student will be given an unexcused pass for the absence and will remain truant.

Late Arrivals Procedures

If your child is late to school, please either send in a note/email bmmsabsence@hcpss.org explaining the reason for the lateness if you are unable to sign your child into school. If you are accompanying your child into the school, please bring your phone with you. When you enter the foyer there is a QR code next to the buzzer that you will scan with your phone to sign your child in.

Early Dismissals

Please email on the day of your student's early dismissal, bmmsabsence@hcpss.org, and indicate the time they will be picked up and by whom. Please bring your ID to show the main office. When you enter the foyer, there is a QR code next to the buzzer that you will scan with your phone to sign your child out.