Hillside Junior High Attendance Procedures

Hillside welcomes Mrs. Wendy Rossman (Attendance Secretary). 
Mrs. Rossman will begin on 3/14/2022

Please call/email Laurie Sargent with attendance concerns until 3/14/2022

[email protected]  


            Students are allowed nine (9) excused absences per semester. Excused absences mean that a parent or guardian calls, emails or comes into the front office to excuse a student’s absence for one or more periods of the day. If a student is absent ten (10) or more times in one or more classes, they will need to appeal for their credit for their class(es).

            Households will receive a mailed letter if a student reaches five absences, eight absences and ten absences. The letter for five or eight absences is just a “for your information” letter and no further action is needed once you receive it. The letter for ten absences will serve as a notice that the student will need to appeal for their credit by the end of the semester and will outline how to appeal for credit.

            For medical absences (dentist, orthodontist, doctor, etc), a doctor’s note is required in order to code the absence as medically excused. Medically excused absences do not count against a student’s nine allowed excused absences. Hillside does not accept blanket doctor’s notes (i.e. doctor’s notes that excuse several consecutive absences). Medically excusing consecutive absences will be made on a case by case basis at the discretion of the assistant principal.


            Students are allowed five (5) tardies per class period, per semester. If a student reaches six (6) tardies in a class, they will be assigned a Friday School. Friday School is an after school detention for students with excessive absences or tardies and is an opportunity for students to make up missing class work. If a student reaches seven (7) or more tardies in a class, they will have to appeal for credit.

            Students who are tardy upon arrival to school must sign in at the front office and get a tardy slip.

Permits to Leave and Early Pick-up:

            Parents or guardians may call, email or come to the front office to request a Permit to Leave (PTL) for their student. PTL’s are the best way to have your student ready and waiting if they need to leave campus early.

            Students may only be picked up by parents, guardians and adults listed under the household or emergency contact. Anyone who is not on a student's household or emergency contact list will not be able to pick up the student. Siblings or non-listed contacts may pick up students with explicit parent permission only. To update a student’s household or emergency contacts, log into Infinite Campus or fill out an information update sheet in the front office.


    Attendance of school assemblies is mandatory if the student has afternoon classes at Hillside. Students who skip assemblies will be marked as truant and assigned detention. If a student needs to leave campus early on a school assembly day for a reason other than skipping the assembly, they must have parent permission and a permit to leave in their hand. We will not issue permits to leave for the sole reason of skipping the assembly. Students who miss the assembly will be marked absent for 8th and 9th periods.