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Cutting Classes


Absence from Class / Cutting

In an ongoing effort to maintain a standard of excellence, and to build on our success, we have revisited and revised our current standards for classroom participation as it is impacted by:  Absence from Class / Cutting.

Cutting Classes:

  • Subject class teachers will record daily all student class absences. 
  • Signed and teacher-approved passes / trip forms issued by school staff members will be honored and serve as an excuse for a class absence, under special circumstances.
  • A class absence due to lateness to school, along with a cafeteria-generated “Late to School Pass” is not considered a valid excuse for a class absence and is considered cutting.


Class Participation Rubric:

  • When a student is not in class or is late to class, he or she cannot receive full credit for Habits of Success  as defined in the teacher’s grading policy / class contract.
  • When a student accumulates a daily instance of cutting, the subject area teacher will make contact with the student's parent / guardian and a separate communication will be sent to the the dean.


Reporting Student Cutting Procedural Steps:

  • For each individual  instance of cutting – the teacher creates a communication submission to the Dean and Parent/Guardian.
  • Additional cuts will be handled as follows:
    • Dean conference with student 
    • Dean notifies parent and advises that subsequent cuts will result in a Parent Conference with an Assistant Principal. 
    • Deans referral
    • Parent Conference with subject supervisory Assistant Principal to determine disciplinary and/or restorative plan will be developed which may include:
    • Exclusion from club and/or Athletic team activities until attendance has been brought back to satisfactory.
    • Exclusion from Senior Activities if applicable
    • Completion of School Community Service
    • 1st- conference held between the student and teacher. Teacher notifies parent.
    • Second cut – Teacher submits a dean referral.
    • Third cut – any subsequent cuts
  • A notation of “Lack of Participation” will be indicated on the student's report card if the student is cutting a subject class.
  • Student’s HOS Grade will reflect student’s occurrence of cutting/late-cutting class.