Attendance Policy

Regular school attendance is vital to academic success. When students are absent, they miss valuable information and lessons necessary to meet District of Columbia Learning Standards. Families, schools, and communities must work as a team to support school attendance. Our system-wide goal is to improve local school attendance at every grade level.

Reporting to School
Wheatley EC school hours are from 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Children will be admitted to the cafeteria to eat breakfast beginning at 8:10 a.m. Students will be picked up by teachers at 8:45 a.m.

Students must arrive to school by 8:45 a.m. and be in the classroom, ready to learn, at 8:45 a.m. Students arriving to their classroom after 8:45 a.m. will be considered tardy. Habitual tardiness, according to District of Columbia law, is truancy and will be treated as such.

Truancy is defined as willful absence from school by a minor (5 - 18 years of age) with or without approval, parental or guardian knowledge, or consent. Therefore, students must bring a note from their parent or guardian upon the first day of return from an absence. Students will will receive an unexcused absence for days missed if a note is not sent by a parent or guardian. Once the student accumulates five days of unexcused absences, we will initiate the necessary paperwork to start the process for a Court Referral.

Early Dismissal of Students
Students are dismissed through the school office. To ensure student safety, students may not wait in front of the building or enter automobiles unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. Parents or guardians must come to the office to sign a student out for early dismissal. Students may not be signed out by an unknown person unless that person's name is noted on the student's records.

Students will be called down for dismissal by the office. Parents are not allowed to go to classrooms to retrieve students for dismissal.

Parents that arrive between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. must wait for dismissal time. Early dismissal requests after 3:00 p.m. will not be possible.

For more information on student attendance and tardiness, read the Attendance Frequently Asked Questions in the Parent Handbook.