Absence/Tardiness Policy Reminder

The U Book explains the school policy and expectations regarding absences and tardiness. During unplanned student absences, such as an illness or emergency, parents should notify Mrs. Cassie Hutto in the Upper School Office or Mrs. Julia DeBardeleben in the Lower School Office by 8:30 a.m., explaining the reason for the absence.

Students must submit a teacher- and parent-signed Requested Absence Form to Mrs. Hutto or Mrs. DeBardeleben two days prior to the date of any planned absence. This policy also applies to all school-sponsored, extracurricular, and/or athletic absences that occur during the school day. Upper School students must sign out in the Upper School office with Mrs. Hutto before leaving campus for any reason. Students must sign in with Mrs. Hutto before attending class or homeroom when they arrive after 8:10 a.m. 

The Requested Absence Form and the U Book are always available on the Parent Quick Links Resource Board under your Resources tab when you are logged in to the website. The full Absences section of the U Book states:
If a student is to get the most from his experience at MUS, he must attend class. Unexcused absences are major disciplinary offenses. A student may not participate in athletic practices or games or music or theater performances or rehearsals if he has been absent during the course of the day. The principal determines any exception to this rule.

Planned Absences. A student who knows in advance that he will be absent from a class is expected to notify the office and his teachers. He should complete the Requested Absence Form and turn it in to Cassie Hutto in the Upper School Office or Julia DeBardeleben in the Lower School Office two days prior to the date of the absence. Failure to complete the form can result in no academic credit issued for a student’s missed assignments. It is in the student’s best interest to complete the missed work in advance.

Unplanned Absences. When a student is absent due to illness or emergency, his parents should notify Cassie Hutto in the Upper School Office or Julia DeBardeleben in the Lower School Office by 8:30 a.m. explaining the reason for his absence. The student should obtain his assignments from the school website or a classmate, prepare these assignments, and appear in class with all assignments on the day that he returns to school. The school will make reasonable accommodations in cases of illness.

MUS acknowledges that not all worthwhile educational opportunities reside exclusively within its halls. On rare, judiciously chosen occasions, a family may elect to schedule an activity that conflicts with official school days. However, as a matter of courtesy and respect, no teacher can reasonably be expected to reteach material missed during such elective absences. Any student planning to be absent for such occasions must submit a Requested Absence Form and, most important, arrange with reliable and willing classmates to take careful notes to share upon the student’s return and assist him with necessary catchup.