Attendance: Absences/Tardiness and Truancy

  • Attendance/Tardiness

    NBJH: (847) 498-7920                   or email

    Greenbriar: (847) 498-7950         or email

    Meadowbrook: (847) 498-7940   or email

    Westmoor: (847) 498-7960          or email


    All students should arrive for school at least 5 minutes before the tardy bell rings. This ensures they will be ready to start the school day with their teacher and classmates. 

    For every absence, a student’s parent/guardian must call the office by 8:30 AM to explain the absence. The school office has voice mail in order to receive messages the night before or early in the morning. The secretary will contact the parent/guardian if a call is not received by 9 a.m.

    It is essential that student health concerns and/or contagious diseases (e.g. strep, chicken pox, pink eye, etc.) be reported to the office. Timely reporting helps everyone stay healthy.

    Please keep your child at home if he/she has a fever and/or the onset of an upper respiratory infection. If your child has had a fever, keep him/her home until fever-free for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing agent. Similar health and safety measures should be applied if your child has vomited. If your child has an undiagnosed rash, consult with your physician before sending your child to school. To prevent the spread of infections, please teach your child to cover his or her mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.

    Types of Absences

    There are two types of absences: excused and unexcused.

    1. Excused Absence – examples may include illness, quarantine by a health official, religious holiday, attendance at a funeral ,or when a student’s parent is called to duty, returns from duty or is on leave from active military service. The student will receive full credit for work, which is made up within the same number of days as the length of the absence. The student will be able to take a missed test or quiz within the same number of days as the length of the absence.
    2. Unexcused Absence – all other absences are considered unexcused and are subject to truancy laws of the State of Illinois.


    We strongly urge each family to avoid scheduling appointments and trips during school time.   Instruction missed during an absence is extremely difficult to make up. Learning occurs best when students attend class regularly and on time.   The parent is encouraged to give prior written notice to the principal at least five days in advance listing the inclusive dates of absence.

    Excessive absences

    For each grading term, student excused/unexcused absences greater than five per child will be reviewed by the administration. Parents of students with a pattern of excessive absences will be contacted by the Principal and/or Social Worker. The continuity and consistency of excellent attendance has a positive cumulative effect on learning.

    Make-Up Work

    When a student is absent more than a day, homework may be requested. The teacher should be notified first thing in the morning to request homework. Homework may then be picked up in the office after 3:45 p.m.


    According to the Illinois School Code, a child is defined as chronically or habitually truant when “absent without valid cause” from compulsory school attendance for 10% of the previous 180 regular attendance days. If this situation occurs, a variety of measures and resources may be explored which are detailed under Board Policy 7:70

    Release Time for Religious Instruction/Observance (Refer to Board Policy 7:80)

    Religious Observance

    A student shall be released from school, as an excused absence, for the purpose of observing a religious holiday. The parents/guardians should give advance notice to the District.

    Religious Instruction

    A student shall be released from school for a day or portion of a day for the purpose of religious instruction. A letter from the parents/guardians, requesting the student's absence, must be given to the Building Principal in advance of the day the student is to be absent.

    Bell Schedule

    Elementary School Day: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    NBJH School Day: 8:35 a.m. - 3:35 p.m.