School Life

Absences & Release of Students


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 four categories of absences at GRACE:

Excused Absences

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.
  • Verified illness of a student: Please note, being tired or sleepy does not constitute an excused absence.
  • Extended Illness: (such as mono, concussion, chronic health issues,etc.): Students must provide official documentation that they are unable to attend school.
  • Bereavement: Three days are typically allowed for immediate family, but this may be altered at the discretion of the administrator.

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.
  • For middle and high school students: Projects, papers, etc. assigned more than a week in advance of the absence are expected to be submitted on time (electronically) if due during the planned absence. Students should discuss their planned absence with their teachers prior to missing class and make arrangements to complete all missing assignments.
  • Juniors and seniors are allowed two extra planned absence days to be used for college visits.
  • After five absences, subsequent planned absences will be coded as unexcused and students will receive a 50% reduction in grades for assignments and tests that are made up for the excess days.

Excessive Absences

Absences (excused PLUS unexcused) totaling more than 10 class periods in any subject per semester are cause for concern and may jeopardize a student’s ability to successfully complete the class. GRACE administration will work with the student and family, but since we do not offer any homebound services, there may be times when a student is not able to complete the work for a class because of their inability to physically be in the class. No assignment can fully replace the live, experienced interaction that comes from a teacher conducting a lesson or introducing a skill. The nature of the absences, the circumstances involving the student, and the course itself all combine to determine the percentage of time that may be missed and still allow students to complete a subject.  

The administration will take into consideration exceptional circumstances when considering the best solution for each student, which may include withdrawing from the GRACE course and replacing the credit with an online course.

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 bell rings. General traffic tie-ups are not considered excused tardies.

Elementary students depend on their parents to ensure that they arrive to school on time and ready for class. If excessive tardies occur, the student will be required to serve a detention. If the tardies continue, a meeting with parents will be required.

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.

Release of Students

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-6th grade) or (for 7th–12th grade) 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.
  • 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 must email to give permission. A telephone call is not sufficient.

Early Dismissal for Seniors

Students who wish to leave school early for work must meet the following criteria:

  1. Seniors are eligible to be dismissed early for ​career focused ​work.
  2. The student must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA.
  3. The student must have the written permission of their parent or guardian.
  4. The student must be able to show proof of both initial and ongoing career focused employment during school hours