Student + Family Handbook


  • Students will be afforded the opportunity to make up work for an excused absence, as outlined in the school district student progression plan and in district attendance procedures.
  • Students have the responsibility to turn in work on time that was assigned while on field trips or school-sponsored activities, unless they have made prior arrangements with the teacher.   

201.1 — Unexcused Absences
  • A student who has 15 unexcused absences within 90 calendar days is a habitual truant under state law. The student may be dealt with as a child in need of services under §984, F.S. In addition, the parent/guardian may be subject to criminal prosecution under §1003.24, F.S.
  • Students will be afforded an opportunity to make up work for an unexcused absence. There may be some academic penalty in accordance with attendance policies and procedures.
  • When students are late to school or leave school early without an adequate excuse, the tardy or early dismissal will be unexcused.

201.2 — Family Vacations

Family vacations are not automatically excused absences and are at the discretion of the principal or designee. Parents are encouraged to contact the school prior to family vacations. 

201.3 — Arrival and Departure
  • Tardiness is disruptive to the learning environment and has a negative impact on student achievement. Tardiness and early departures without a reasonable excuse will be documented in the attendance record.
  • For student safety, parents should ensure that their children do not arrive at school until appropriate supervision is available on campus.
  • Unless involved in a supervised activity, students must leave school grounds immediately upon dismissal.
  • Check with the school office to see if before-school or after-school child care is available.
  • Parent/Guardian with whom student resides must inform school in writing if an early dismissal is to occur.

201.4 - Driver’s License Law
Students ages 14 to 18 who drop out of school prior to graduation or who have 15 unexcused absences in a 90-day period will be reported to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV). Monitoring of attendance for driving privileges is done by class periods. Students who hold a Florida driver’s license may have their license suspended if they accumulate excessive periods of unexcused absence. Students who have not yet received their driver’s license may be unable to obtain a license. Application for reinstatement of the driving privilege can be made after the student has attended school for 30 days with no unexcused absences. There is a hardship appeal process; parents/guardians should check with school administration for information regarding appeals.

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Pupil Support Services
Sonia Figaredo-Alberts, Executive Director

Julie Zarling, Administrative Assistant

Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 31109
Fax: 941-927-4052
1960 Landings Boulevard
Sarasota, Florida 34231
Green 3rd Floor

Exceptional Student Education
Tammy Cassels, Supervisor

Miriam Blosser, Administrative Assistant

Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 34226
Fax: 941-927-4014

Student Services
Debra Giacolone, Supervisor

Sally Dean, Administrative Assistant

Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 34754
Fax: 941-361-6157

School Health Services
Suzanne Dubose, Supervisor

Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 34765
Fax: 941-927-4108

Florida Department of Health Sarasota County
Karen McCormack, Supervisor
Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 32101

Alternative Education, Discipline & Dropout Prevention
Dr. Dawn Clayton, Supervisor

Karen Frantz, Administrative Assistant
Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 31113

ESOL and Migrant Education
Jamie Rodriguez, Supervisor

Tracey Cardenas, Program Manager
Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 32247

Tamika Herring-Snead, Administrative Assistant
Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 34330

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