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Attendance Policy

Attendance Office: (248) 956-3512 | Attendance Hotline: (248) 956-3510

Please call the attendance hotline before 9:00 a.m. every morning your student is absent or late.

Note: Notifying a teacher or counselor of your child’s absence does not replace calling the attendance office. For a student’s absence to be “excused” you must call the absence/tardy within 48 hours. A student’s absence a cannot be “excused” if it is called in after the 48 hour deadline.

Arriving Late

Please call the attendance office or attendance hotline if you know your child will be tardy. However, this does not excuse them from being late. If a tardy occurs due to a doctor's appointment, a doctor’s note must be presented to excuse the tardy.

In general, if a student is tardy for more than half the class period, it will be considered an absence. In addition, when a student accrues five or more tardies total in a marking period, a before or after school detention will be assigned. We encourage families to monitor their child’s attendance using the Skyward Family Access attendance module.

In circumstances when tardies accumulate in ONE particular class, you can expect the following from that teacher:

  • 1st/ 2nd Tardy - Teacher/student conversation about tardiness.
  • 3rd Tardy - Teacher/Parent contact.
  • 4th Tardy - Teacher submits a referral and student is assigned to detention by administration.
  • 5 or more Tardies - Teacher submits a referral and student receives additional consequences and/or a parent meeting.

*Note: This process resets at the end of each marking period. Our goal is to have students on time and in class every period, every day.

Early Dismissal

To minimize class disruption, if you need to pick your child up during the school day, please send a note with him/her to the attendance office or call before 10:00 a.m. An “early dismissal” pass will be generated and given to your child. The student will then give it to the teacher and will be in the attendance office when you arrive. Please be ready to show a driver’s license (or other type of I.D.) to sign him/her out.

Pre-arranged Absences

If you know your student will be absent at a future date, please call the attendance office and report a “pre-arranged absence.” The student can then request classwork from the teachers and will receive their work before they leave.

Excessive Absences

Consistent attendance is one of the strongest indicators in school success. and we want to work with you to keep your child in school and on time. If there are extenuating circumstances for a student’s excessive tardiness or absences, please contact the student's counselor or an administrator. Our goal is to work together to resolve any attendance issues or concerns. Interventions include parent meetings with teachers, counselors and administration. When a student accumulates excessive absences or tardies, it will result in a letter from the school, as a part of the attendance documentation process. This can happen as early as 10 full or partial days absent from school.

In addition, Clifford H. Smart Middle School will be working with the Oakland County Truancy Prevention Program. Mr. Larry O’Brien, an Oakland County Schools Consultant, meets with students and families at school to help develop plans to reduce and/or eliminate absences and tardiness. In extreme cases a truancy a student may be referred to Lisa Krapol, our Oakland County Truancy Officer.

Make-Up Work

Students are responsible to make-up the work they have missed due to an absence. Check the teacher’s website for the work your student may have missed. If your student is absent two or more days, after checking the website you may also email the teachers for work. This work will be in the attendance office at the end of the next day and can be picked up any time after 3:00 p.m.

Attendance Codes in Skyward Family Access

  • C - Co-Curricular, which is school related and is not an absence
  • D - Early Dismissal
  • E - Excused absence
  • I - Student has been removed from class due to a discipline issue, but is still in school. An "I" is also used when a student is removed from class for behavior and sent to our Responsibility Room.
  • S - Students is suspended out of school due to a discipline issue
  • T - Tardy
  • U - Unexcused absence
  • X - Exempt from being tardy or absent due to a late bus, school emergency, etc.