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Creekside High School Attendance Policies

Please submit the CHS ALL DAY ABSENTEE FORM to the front office when your student in absent.  This form is required to be submitted within 2 days of the student returning back to Creekside in order to be excused.

Please reach out to the teacher if you or your student has an issue with how the teacher marked your student. If the teacher does not respond within 48 hours, please contact the Dean of Attendance at [email protected]

Early Release, Tardy, and Absent Information:

A note is needed when students return from being tardy or need to be picked up early from school. This note must be turned in to the Attendance Clerk no later than 9:15 am.

Please use the forms above or a hand-written note including:

  • Student’s Full Legal Name / NO NICKNAMES
  • Student (s) Birthdate
  • Week Day(s) absent
  • Reason for absent or early release
  • Legal Parent / Guardian signature / NO NICKNAMES
  • Current phone number

Only a Physician’s office is authorized to fax a note for the student to be excused. FAX # 904-547-7305—Attention: CHS ATTENDANCE. We do not accept phone calls, emails, or faxes from parents for attendance matters.

Tardies to School:

Students arriving late to school need to go through the front office and check in using our SWIPE system. If the student has an excused tardy they may submit a Tardy Form. Students that have accumulated 15 or more total absences must have a doctor’s note in order to have their tardy excused.

Pre-Approved Absent Request:

Please see Dr. Bundshuh, the Attendance Dean, to pick-up a Pre-approved Absence Request Form. It is the responsibility of the student to make sure that each teacher reads and signs the request. All requests need to be turned back in to Dean Bundshuh, at least one week before the first day of absence. This will help us to start the excused process. Please have the student’s full name, grade, reason, and future absent days. After your request is approved by each teacher it will be entered into the attendance system. Any questions please call Dr. Bundshuh at 904-547-7324.

Transportation Services Waiver:

Schools are no longer authorized to issue Bus Passes or instruct bus operators regarding bus ridership or stops. Instead, the Transportation Department is now responsible for issuing provisional Transportation Services Waivers for a specific period of time due to extenuating circumstances. Parents may apply for this waiver via the St. Johns County School District webpage under the “Transportation Department. “ Waivers will not be available from individual schools.

Driving off Campus:

An early dismissal note is required when a student needs to drive off campus during school hours. Early release notes must be turned in by 9:15 am. Parents may be contacted before student receives a pass to drive off campus. Parents please be available and have a current phone number.

Please do not call the Attendance’s office when your child is absent. An absent note can be turned in when the student returns to school. Parents you may communicate with your child’s teacher through e-mail at any time.

A phone is provided in the Attendance reception area for students to use at any time.

No students will be dismissed after 3:00 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. No students will be dismissed after 2:00 pm on early release Wednesday.

What Parents and Students need to know about Attendance:

  • Alert Now calls will go out every day for students who missed 1 or more classes unexcused. Dr. Bundshuh will vary when the messages are sent to make sure that parents are getting the call.
  • Absence notes are required to be turned in within 2 days of returning to Creekside in order to be excused.
  • It counts as a day when a student misses 3 or more periods.
  • Bundshuh will meet with each student that accumulates 5, 10, and 15 day unexcused absences.
  • Once a student has missed 5 unexcused days they will receive:–
    • a dean conference,
    • a district generated email,
    • and an after-school detention.
  • Once a student has missed 10 unexcused days they will receive:–
    • a dean conference,
    • a district generated email,
    • a Saturday detention,
    • temporary parking permit suspension.
  • Once a student has 15 unexcused absences, they will receive:–
    • a dean conference,
    • a district generated email,
    • a Saturday detention,
    • temporary parking permit suspension,
    • an attendance contract,
    • driver’s license revoked by the State DMV.
  • Once a student has missed 15 days of school total (excused and unexcused) they must provide a doctor’s note for subsequent absences to be excused; a parent note will not be accepted.
  • Notes are to be turned in to the front office, not to teachers. Notes are also required to leave early or check in late.
  • Students who have unexcused absences will have one day for each day missed to turn in work. The assignments will be given ½ credit only. Tests and quizzes may be made up for full credit. Please see page 19 of the Code of Conduct for more information.
  • Attendance will be considered as a requirement for privileges.

If you have any questions regarding an automated email in regard to attendance, please contact Dr. Bundshuh at: 904-547-7324 or e-mail Dr. Bundshuh.

 Parents, in order to stay consistent and enforce the rules of
Creekside High School we need your help and support!

Heather Bundshuh, Dean
E-mail Dr. Bundshuh

Stacey Randall, Attendance Clerk
E-mail Ms. Randall
904-547-7300 Desk
904-547-7305 Attendance Fax