Attendance Policy

Regular, punctual student attendance is expected unless excused by a parent, guardian, or school official. Parents or guardians should notify the school, in writing, of pre-arranged absences. Unexcused absences and/or tardiness may impact successful course completion.  The Virginia Department of Education requires each school district to include the number of days absent for the given year on each student’s transcript.

When an absence is unexpected, parents should contact the Attendance Office and forward a note of explanation immediately following the absence.

Excused Absences

Excused Absences include illness, death, quarantine, religious holiday, violent storm, court summons, or state emergency. A note from the parent or guardian must be received within two (2) days of the student’s return. It is the student’s responsibility to make up missed school work.

Unexcused Absences

Unexcused Absences exceeding three (3) days during a quarter may impact a student’s ability to successfully complete a course. Fifteen (15) consecutive days of absence automatically withdraws the student from school. Missed work is not made up.

Late Arrivals

Late Arrivals must report directly to the Attendance Office, in room 196 off the main hall, and sign in. Students should present a note or phone call from their parent/guardian.


Excessive tardiness can negatively impact a student’s academic achievement. Students who are habitually late to class are also subject to disciplinary consequences such as In-School Alternative (ISA).

Early Departure

Students must present a note or phone call from their parent or guardian and sign out in the Attendance Office before leaving school. Otherwise, the absence will be considered unexcused for the period(s) missed that day. If the student is returning the same day, he/she must report to the Attendance Office to sign in before going to class.

Participation in Activities

Any student, regardless of the reason for absence or late arrival, cannot participate in any school-sponsored activity scheduled on that day unless the student has been present at school for half of the school day. See the Director of Student Activities in advance for exceptions.


Any student wishing to withdraw from school or transfer to another school must bring a letter signed by his/her parent or guardian to the Counseling Department stating the reason for the withdrawal/transfer and indicating the last day of attendance at Yorktown. Upon request, a transcript of the student’s official record will be mailed directly to the new school. All monetary obligations and materials on loan must be cleared and the parent or guardian must sign a release before records will be sent. See the Registrar section for more information.