The Maryland Department of Education (MSDE) has defined full and partial day attendance as follows:
A note from a the parent/guardian must be submitted to the school within two school days of the student's return, indicating the date and reason for tardiness or absence from a regular school session. A doctor's certificate is required in cases of long-term absence due to illness. A note should also be submitted to request early dismissal or exclusion from activities (e.g., physical education). Chronic absences are referred to the Office of Student Services.
Reporting Student Absences to HCMS
Email email@example.com or send a note in with your child when they return.
Examples of a lawful absence, tardy, or early dismissal: bereavement, illness, doctors/dentist appointment, court summons, observance of a religious holiday and suspension. See Policy 9010 for additional information.
Examples of an unlawful absence, tardy, or early dismissal: missing the bus, over sleeping, car troubles, traffic, babysitting, walking a sibling to school, moving slow, etc.
The school must receive a note from the parent or physician explaining the absence/tardiness of a student within two school days of the student's return or the absence/tardiness will be unlawful/unexcused. We cannot accept notes written by siblings.