• Attendance Office Contact Information:

    Heather Scarpinato, Attendance Clerk

    Phone: (941) 923-1484






    • Student illness documented by parent/guardian or medical professional
    • Observance of a religious holiday/service
    • Medical appointment with documentation
    • Death in the family
    • Subpoena by law enforcement agency or mandatory court appearance
    • Other absences approved by the principal


    ***A doctor’s note will be required after excessive absences; 9 in a semester and/or 18 in a school year are excused without a doctor’s note***

    ***Any student who has 15 unexcused absences within a rolling 90-day period is considered to be habitually truant and will be reported by the Superintendent to the Department of Highway and Safety and Motor Vehicles resulting in suspension of a driver’s license or permit***



    Absence notes should be sent to 0181-Attendance@sarasotacountyschools.net  within 3 days of the absence and include a copy of the parent/guardian’s photo ID. Include the student’s full name, N#, date of absence, and specific reason for absence.


    Will be accepted in the attendance office during the school day.  They must contain the date, student’s full name, N#, dates of absence, reason for absence, parent’s name, signature and phone #.

    ***All notes will be verified


    If a student is tardy because of a medical appointment, have them bring a slip from the doctor’s office when they come through the attendance office to sign in.  If it due to another reason, the student can bring a note from a parent/guardian.  Notes must include the student’s full name, N#, date of tardy, parent signature and parent phone #. Notes must be turned in 3 days from the date the student was tardy.

    ***Acceptable reasons to excuse a tardy fall under the same rules as excused absences***


    All early dismissal notes and emails must be submitted to the attendance office by 10 am the day of the dismissal.


    Early dismissal notes may be emailed with a copy of the parent/guardian’s photo ID to 0181-Attendance@sarasotacountyschools.net by 10am. The note must include the student’s name, N#, reason for leaving, dismissal time and date.  Once the email is received, the student may come by the attendance office for their early dismissal pass which will excuse them from class at dismissal time. Parent/guardians who have emailed may remain in their vehicles and the student will be permitted to meet them out front once they sign out in the attendance office.


    Early dismissal notes will still be accepted in the attendance office by 10 am on the day of dismissal. Blank Passport forms are available on the school website. All notes must contain the student’s name, N#, time of dismissal, reason for leaving, date, parent name and phone number.  The parent/guardian will need to come to the front office to show their ID and the student will be permitted to leave once they sign out in the Attendance office.  If a student is driving themselves, please include that on the note.

    ***Early dismissal absence will remain unexcused until an email or note or doctor’s note is received after the early dismissal, send to

    0181-Attendance@sarasotacountyschools.net) ***

    ***If the student returns to campus that day, they will sign back in at the Attendance office and will be issued a pass to return to class.  If they were at a doctor’s appointment, they can bring a slip for it to be excused.

    ***Acceptable reasons to excuse an early dismissal fall under the same rules as excused absences.

    ***No early dismissals after 1:45 pm unless arranged earlier in the day


    Students who know they will be absent in the future for more than one day will need to come to the Attendance Office to obtain a form to have their teachers and administrator sign.  Once approved, the absence will be excused.

    ***The student must complete all work assigned by the teachers within a reasonable amount of time as set by the teacher.