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School attendance has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in prekindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day. Regular and consistent attendance is necessary for student achievement, graduation, and career and college readiness.

St. Mary’s County Public Schools’ student attendance policy is based on the overriding premise that success is dependent upon a continuous and consistent classroom instructional experience. Students need opportunities to master essential academic knowledge and skills, develop an appropriate sense of self-worth, establish satisfactory peer relationships, and develop a sense of responsibility. The school cannot educate students or provide support to students when they are absent from school.

We realize some absences are unavoidable, but we also know when students miss too much school, regardless of the reason, it can cause them to fall behind academically. Documentation of an absence must be sent to school within three (3) days of an absence, either with a written note, phone call, email, or through the school website portal. Parent(s)/legal guardian(s) may monitor school attendance through the Home Access Center (HAC). If you are having problems with your username, password, or login, please contact the school. 

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