One of the keys to successful academic achievement is regular attendance at school. Since we meet on a flexible schedule, an absence for one school day could be equivalent to the loss of two and a half days of instruction. A student can seldom make up or compensate for absences from class. Parents are urged to carefully evaluate any absence from school that is not necessitated by unavoidable circumstances. The school STRONGLY discourages taking extra days before or after a scheduled vacation, or anytime while school is in session. Requests and documentation for special even absences must be submitted to and approved by the Director of Admissions.
When leaving campus, students must use the Sign-In / Sign-Out Log Book that is located in the foyer on the shelf in front of the office. Students are required to sign-out whenever they leave the campus if it is during the school day and they have classes scheduled for the remainder of that day. Upon return, the students are then to sign-in. If a parent picks up their child during the school day in between scheduled classes, they are asked to sign their child out and in. The Log Book does not need to be used when a student leaves campus at the end of the day (driven by his parents or driving himself).
If the student is absent from school, the student will not be allowed to attend any evening social function at ECA on the day that he is absent.
Reporting Back to School After an Absence:
Punctuality is a matter of primary importance in the education process. Students, when tardy, disrupt the educational process and jeopardize their own academic achievement. ALL ECA students must be in the classroom when the class begins. Continued tardiness is considered a disciplinary matter and will be handled accordingly.If a student has more than three (3) tardies per class in a marking periods, he/she will receive detention/work detail. An e-mail will be sent to the family. Detentions are served in the morning at 7:15 am on designated dates. Detentions not served during the semester can be completed during exam week. As a last resort, the family can do a buy-down of $25.00 per assigned detention. After four (4) tardies, parents will be called for a conference. If a student is late returning to class from lunch, the student wil lose any driving privileges during the school day for a two week period.
Class periods are 55 minutes each and start at 8 AM. The remainder of the school day should be used for at-home school work and may also be used for scheduled field trips. All students should be picked up by 12:30 PM unless they are involved in a special activity.