Your child’s attendance at school is very important. Our educational program is based on the assumption that students will attend school regularly, in accordance with the School calendar and the daily schedule. The purpose of the attendance policy is to encourage regular and consistent attendance and punctuality in school by all students. There is a high correlation between good attendance, academic achievement and successful every day work experience. To foster positive work and study habits, the United School of Panama administration and faculty believe that students must be in class in order to fully maximize their educational opportunities.
Students are expected to be on time and attend classes daily. Daily teaching strategies, such as, interactions between students and teacher, discussions, lectures, audio-visuals, and reports cannot be duplicated outside of the classroom and constitute a valid and crucial part of course work. Furthermore, each student is expected to contribute to the daily academic activities in their classes. When a student is absent the educational experience of all students will be diminished. Regular and constant school attendance helps develop responsibility, self-discipline and fosters the skills necessary for successful every day work experiences.
The Attendance Policy has been designed to ensure:
Students should, therefore, be absent only for necessary and important reasons, such as illness or family/personal emergency. Parents may excuse their children from school for legitime reasons. However, because of the inevitable effect absences have on academic progress in particular, the school seeks willing cooperation from parents in exercising the utmost restraint in excusing their children from school.
A student may be excused from school due to personal illness, death in the family, emergency dental or medical treatment, religious holiday, procurement of essential documents, renewal of passports, or other vital reasons. At all possible, medical/dental appointments during school hours must be avoided.
Unexcused absences include cutting/skipping a class, absences that have not been followed up with a note from parents, or other reasons not approved by the Academic Coordinator. Work missed for such absences must be completed. Unexcused absences inevitably affect academic progress and this may be reflected on the student’s grades.
If poor attendance becomes an issue, it may be necessary to have the student repeat all or part of the school year or to request that the parents withdraw the student from the school.
Compensation (make-up) for extended absences for medical reasons should be arranged through the academic coordinator. Students are responsible for making up all missed work, whether or not an absence was excused.
The Faculty will make reasonable efforts to assist students in making up school work for excused absences, but will also be mindful, as stated previously, that in doing so their attention may be diverted from the needs of the majority of students in the class. Students absent on the day of an assessment are expected to make up the assessment on return to school.
Extended absences (excused or unexcused) will be reviewed by the Academic Department, following Meduca regulations, to determine whether or not class requirements have been fulfilled.
The Academic Coordinator is responsible for setting and overseeing attendance procedures, and for ensuring that:
Following neuroscience principles, the school day at USP starts with a lot of movement and activities. It is essential for ALL students to be on time and ready to participate in AM Dose. This provides the energy and right mindset the brain needs to learn.
Students are expected to be in the sports area on time 7:50 am every morning. If students arrive after this time, they will be recorded as “Tardy”.
When students arrive late (after 7:50AM), this procedure must be followed:
In the event of illness or other unforeseen absence, parents are requested to contact the USP administrative office and report the student’s absence. They should then follow-up with an explanatory note on the student’s return to class. Parents should notify the administrative office each day of the absence unless the Academic coordinator has been notified of a prolonged absence in advance. If school have not been notified of a reason for a student to be absent 2 days in a row, the advisory teacher will contact the family.
When a prolonged absence can be foreseen, parents must inform the duration of the planned absence to the academic coordinator and advisory teacher who will inform other teachers.
Absences will be classified as unexcused until an adequate explanation is received.
The following applies from the start of each quarter: