Attendance at school is important for successful academic progress. Regular attendance is required by Arkansas State Law 6-18-221. It is important for students to be at school each day and on time. Under the new Every Student Succeeds Act attendance plays an integral part of each student’s educational performance. The new law defines absenteeism in 3 risk categories:
Low Risk- a student that misses less than 5% of days enrolled. Each school year is 178 days which translates to 0-9 days a year total.
Moderate Risk is a student that misses 5% to 10% of the days enrolled. That translates to 10-18 days absent per year.
High risk or chronic is a student that misses more than 10% of the days enrolled. That translates to more than 18 days per year absent.
Our goal here at Walker Elementary is to partner with parents to have all students remain in the low risk category. ALL absences must be reported to the school office. We do understand that children get sick periodically. Please provide a doctor’s note any time your student is absent.
All students who arrive after 7:45 are considered tardy. Excessive tardies may be sent to the Juvenile court as educational neglect.
No early checkouts after 2:30 unless it is an emergency. This is to safeguard instructional time and increase safety.
Transportation changes MUST be made BEFORE 2:30 and must go through calling the office.
Students arriving late or leaving early must check in/out through school personnel located in the front office. Parents picking up their child during the school day are required to come to the front door and check out the student through contactless means. A photographic ID is also required to check out a student. Parents are discouraged from checking students out of school for non-medical reasons. (i.e. lunches, haircuts, etc…) Students will not be allowed to check out from school with ANY PERSON that is not listed on their EMERGENCY/PROFILE CARD. Any student arriving at school later than 7:45 a.m. must be checked in by a parent or legal guardian using the QR code on the front door. Check-outs during school hours will require a photo I.D.