School Life

Absences & Early Dismissal


For excused absences, students will have twice the number of absent days when they return to make up all missed assignments, tests, or quizzes. There are three categories of absences at GRACE:

1. Excused Absences

  • Verified illness of a student – Please note, being tired or sleepy does not constitute an excused absence. When a student is absent, parents should e-mail the school by 8:00 a.m. For TK-6 students, e-mail to For students in grades 7 – 12, e-mail The parent or student should check Talon for missed homework assignments.
  • Verified doctor or dental appointment. Appointments should be arranged after school hours whenever possible.
  • Bereavement Three days are typically allowed for immediate family, but this may be altered at the discretion of the administrator.

2. School Approved Absences

  • School sponsored events
  • Planned Absences. Students may receive approval for up to five days of planned absences for family events and vacations and/or educational trips or church activities per year. Parents must seek approval for such events by completing a Notice of Planned Absence form and submitting it to the office at least one week in advance of the first day the student will be absent from school. Any student who uses more than five days for such events during the school year will receive a 50% reduction in grades for assignments and tests that are made up for the excess days.
  • Juniors and Seniors may use two extra days per year for college visits.

3. Unexcused Absences

  • All other absences unless approved by the principal.
  • See “TARDIES” for unexcused absences as a result of excessive tardies.
  • All work missed due to an Unexcused Absence will result in a 50% reduction in grade for all work completed and turned in as scheduled. Work not made up by the teacher’s stated deadline will not be accepted and will receive a grade of zero (0).
  • For unexcused absences, students will be required to make up all missed assignments, including tests, as scheduled by the teacher.


Punctuality is essential for successful student performance. Students will be marked tardy if they are not in their seats when the tardy bell rings. General traffic tie-ups are not considered excused tardies. For middle and high school students, the consequences for excessive tardies are as follows:

  • Every third tardy in a particular class will count as an unexcused absence
  • At the sixth tardy per quarter in all classes, the student will serve a Saturday detention
  • At the twelfth tardy per quarter in all classes, the student will serve a one day in-school suspension
  •  At the fifteenth tardy for the quarter, the student will serve a two or three day in-school suspension and a meeting will be required with parents
  • A tardy longer than 15 minutes will also be determined an absence.


For the safety and security of our students the following procedures have been adopted:

  • Teachers are instructed not to release a student to anyone until the office calls for the student. The teachers and principal have the responsibility and custody of all students while they are in school.
  • Parents must sign students out in the office before they are released from the classroom.
  • Parents must e-mail the school if a student will be leaving early or will have a change in carpool. E-mails may be sent to (for TK-6) or (for 7-12) and the reason should be stated therein.
  • A child will not be released to anyone other than the individuals authorized by the legal parent or guardian. Custodial parents must submit a copy of the custody document, which will be kept on file with the student record.
  • Seniors not having a full class schedule may leave with written permission from their parents, but will be required to sign out at the office prior to departure.
  • We do not have an open lunch policy for high school students. Students who have appointments during the lunch hour should present a note stating the reason for check out. Parents may not give their student permission to leave campus for lunch, with the exception of seniors who may walk to one of four local restaurants. Seniors are required to sign out at the office and must sign back in.
  • Students who drive to school may only leave early with written parental permission. Parents may email to give permission. A telephone call is not sufficient.