The attendance policy is designed to facilitate learning at PAM by ensuring that students are in class and participating in the learning process. Students should attend class daily and provide the school with an adequate explanation and appropriate documentation for all absences. It is the responsibility of each student’s parent or guardian to explain the student’s absence to the school. Reasons for excused absences include:
- sickness; injury; death in the family
- documented appointments with health care professionals
- documented absence for religious instruction or religious holiday
- participation in an academic class or school-sponsored activity approved by the principal
- court appearances (copy of subpoena required)
- all other absences are considered unexcused, including suspensions from school.
The number of absences a student may have per semester and still be eligible (IF a passing grade is received on a comprehensive final exam) for credit is:
- 6 excused with a parent note
- 6 unexcused
- medical excuses with documentation from a health-related professional
- a student with many medical excuses must apply for Homebound Status
A student who exceeds the number of unexcused absences may be unable to receive credit for his/her semester classes. Students who are absent the day of an activity should NOT be allowed to participate in that activity.
Parents are responsible for the attendance of their children within the compulsory attendance age (Florida Statute 1003.24). Any student who accumulates 15 or more unexcused absences within 90 calendar days may be classified as a habitual truant and, as such, may have a truancy petition or a children-in-need-of-services petition filed by the Superintendent (Florida Statutes 1003.27).
Truancy: If a student has more than fifteen unexcused absences within ninety calendar days, he or she will be considered truant. Under Florida’s Compulsory Attendance Law, truant students and their parents may face legal sanctions, including appearance in truancy court.
Late students must check in with Mrs. Lamar-Randolph in Student Services and receive a pass to class.
Checking a Student Out of School
A valid picture ID by Federal Law to check your student out of school.
Only parents and guardians listed in Skyward or on the Emergency Card are allowed to check-out their student (Emergency Cards MUST be updated yearly to have accurate information in the system)
Deliveries for students is not allowed.
We are a CLOSED campus. Students are not allowed to leave and return to school unless they have attended a court meeting or a doctor's appointment and proper paperwork must be presented upon return to the school campus.
Students must check back into school in the Attendance Office.