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Tardy/Absence Policy

Attendance is very important to your advancement and your academic progress. With eighteen days of unexcused attendance, you may fail all your classes. You are considered tardy to school if you are not in proper uniform by 0800. You are considered tardy to class if you arrive to class after the tardy bell. Absences can come in several forms:
School Function (SF): Any special event that you have been properly signed out for by a teacher. In this case, you miss the class, may make up the work but are considered in attendance.
Cut (AUX): An absence from a class period without the teacher’s prior approval.
Excused Absence (AEX): An absence from school in which you brought a note signed by a parent or guardian explaining the absence the day you return to school. This includes an out of school suspension.
Unexcused Absence (AUX): An absence from school in which you did not bring a note or received a phone call from a parent/guardian explaining the absence the day you return to school.
Chronic truancy is defined as having more than 18 unexcused absences over the course of the school year.
Disciplinary reassignment can occur when more than 20 unexcused absences to formation and/or repeated uniform violations occur after a student is placed on probation.
Senior cadets in a military academy hold a unique position of mentor and role model to over 400 junior cadets. Seniors set the example for all others, and they can have a powerful effect on the entire school body. A senior who chooses to ignore uniform rules, classroom protocol, chain of command respect, and being on-time for school and class can have a significant negative impact on the entire student body.

To encourage seniors to continue being strong leaders and role models, the following measures will be provided as incentives:
Seniors in good standing (NOT on Special Senior Probation) will be permitted:
to participate in the graduation ceremony
to participate in the bell ceremony
to participate in prom
to participate in other special senior events
Special Senior Probation:
To be put on Special Senior Probation for a school quarter:
Seniors in excess of a combination of five (5) tardy to school and unexcused absences in any one (1) quarter grading period will be placed on Special Senior Probation.
Students receive a student code of conduct violation level 4, 5 or 6.
Students receive in excess of 15 demerits for uniform and/or insubordination infractions
While on Special Senior Probation:
• Seniors on Special Senior Probation will not attend any special or senior events

To go off Special Probation:
• Seniors must have better than 95% attendance to school, formation and classes and 5 Demerits or less for a full grading cycle (quarter) to be removed from Special Probation.

In order to participate in the graduation ceremony, a senior must:
• Have the necessary requirements for graduation met
• Be in good standing and arrive at the ceremony in proper grooming standards
• Complete at least 40 service learning hours by 6 June.
• Attend two complete graduation practices for the entire time.
• Complete checklist and turn-in to graduation coordinator by date on checklist.
The staff of Rickover Naval Academy is proud to announce a renewed commitment to ensuring that class time is used effectively and efficiently. In that spirit, we have adopted a new set of procedures that will begin on the first day of the next semester. We are calling these procedures “Operation START on Time!”—the acronym stands for “Safe Transitions and Reduced Tardies.”
All teachers will help supervise the halls during the time between classes. When the bell rings, teachers having classes will close their doors and begin teaching immediately.
Each hallway will have designated staff members dealing with any students who are late (in the halls, restrooms or other common areas).  Tardy students will be escorted to the dean’s office to write an explanation of why they were late, which will be entered into our records.  Moreover, the explanation will be sent in the mail to their parents or guardians so that families are kept informed. 
After completing the written task, the tardy student will be escorted back to his or her classroom.  The escorting staff member will ensure that the student does not disrupt the class and will signal to the teacher that all necessary paperwork has been completed. 
For students who are late, these procedures ensure that the family is kept informed and that records that chronically tardy students receive additional consequences to help them learn the importance of punctuality.  The consequences  for repeated tardiness within a semester are as follows:
All Tardies
Student writes a note that is sent home. Detentions are assigned by number of tardies in a week.

For students who are consistently on time, these procedures ensure that tardy students will not be allowed to disrupt the flow of the teacher’s lesson.
This information can also be located in the Cadet Handbook on pages 20, 31 and 32.