It is important that your child is at school each day to receive the maximum benefit from the classroom environment. Instruction and classroom participation occurs each day and is important for continuous learning. Please make attendance at school a priority for your child.

To ensure all students receive a quality education, Elko County School District policy requires a minimum number of days (90% of days enrolled) that a student must be in attendance at the school they are enrolled in to be promoted to the next grade. (Please see Elko County School District Attendance policy-J.B.B.A for further information).

Excused absences are generally ones that involve parental permission for illness, family emergency, and other pre-approved absences. An excused absence will allow a student to make up missed work and will not result in truancy.

Unexcused absences are unauthorized absences from school and mean that a student will not be allowed to make up missed work. Student may also suffer disciplinary actions such as being declared truant.

Exempt absences are generally those that involve a doctor or nurse verification or a verifiable family emergency. They may also include certain pre-approved absences. Exempt absences do not count against the minimum day attendance policy.

Quick Reference Guide

These are sample situations to assist parents in understanding the attendance policy.

Type of Absence


Excused/Exempt Status

Child is sick.

Notify School

Excused but not Exempt without doctor or nurse verification.

Child is on a school sponsored trip.


Student is considered in attendance.

Child gets sick at school and is sent home.

Sign student out at office.

Excused and Exempt

Child is on family vacation while school is in session.

Absence needs to be pre-arranged.

Excused but not Exempt

Child is absent due to a serious illness or death of a relative.

Notify School

Excused and Exempt. This is a verifiable family emergency.

Child is absent due to an educational experience outside of school.

Absence needs to be pre-arranged.

Excused and Exempt. Principal needs to pre-approve the educational experience.

Child is ill and absent numerous days throughout the school year.

Notify school for each absence and ask doctor for a note if one was seen.

Excused and exempt with doctor or nurse verification.

Child is absent for unknown reason.

No note or call received from parent.

Unexcused absence and NOT Exempt. Child will be considered truant.


The first entry bell rings at 8:20 a.m. and the tardy bell at 8:25 a.m. Students who are not in the classroom by 8:25 a.m. are considered tardy. All students need to check in at the office if they are tardy. Students will receive a tardy slip and be sent to class.

Additionally, students are counted tardy after lunch at 12:05 p.m. for grades 1&2, and 12:45 p.m. for grades 3&4.

Excessive student tardies will be dealt with in the following manner:

3 Tardies: Student receives a verbal warning from the office.

5 Tardies: Notification Letter sent home from the office notifying parents of excessive tardies.

10 Tardies: Notification Letter sent home from the office. Parent meeting with administration.

Recess detention for every additional tardy incurred for the rest of the school year.