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Absence Reporting

7:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. (Office)

Report Absences by calling / Reporte su Ausencia llamando a:


Leave your child's name, class or teacher's name and reason for absence.

Si su hijo/a va faltar a la escuela hable al numero de arriba y deje el nombre del alumno/a, nombre del maestro/a y el razon por su ausencia.




Regular attendance is one of the best predictors of success in school.  It is necessary that students come to school regularly if they are to progress with their class.  Everyday something new is presented in each subject, and, if a student misses the introduction of new work, it is difficult for them to make it up.  When absence from school is necessary due to illness, family emergency, or any other reason, parents should call the school office before 9:45 AM.  Iowa Elementary school number is 303-751-3660.  Parents will be contacted if a student is not in school and there is not a notification from the parent/guardian.  An excused absence must meet one of the following criteria:

  • If a student is ill and it is confirmed by a doctor’s note when the absence extends past 2 days.
  • If a student is absent because of a school sponsored trip.
  • If a student is absent for the general welfare of the student (dental and medical appointments, illness).  Although we encourage the following:  
    • set up the appointment on days we are not in school or after school.
    • bring your child to school before the appointment or after the appointment if it is a routine check up.
  • If a student is absent to be with relatives because of a serious illness or death of an immediate member of the family.
  • If student is absent, and it is in the opinion of the building principal that the absence was in the best interest of the student’s family.

All excused absences must be confirmed with a phone call or note from the parent/guardian. Students are expected to complete school work missed for an excused absence.  It is the student’s responsibility to contact their teacher for missed school work and schedule time to complete all missed work.

Prearranged Absence:

If a student is going to be gone from school, arrangements with the school office and the student’s teacher should be made regarding makeup work.

Prolonged Absence During The School Year

Prolonged absence taken during the school year is discouraged.  In class instruction is important, and a student misses out on this instruction when gone.  At those times when a student must be absent, not due to a medical condition, for an extended period of time during the school year such absence may be excused, provided each of the following conditions are met:

  1. Absence of the student must be arranged a minimum of one (1) week before the scheduled absence, except in the case of emergencies.
  2. The student must be in good standing in classes.
  3. Class work/homework will be assigned by the teacher(s) prior to the absence.
  4. Pre-arranged class work/homework assignments are due the day the student returns to school following the absence. The student must make arrangements with the teacher(s) to complete these assignments on their own time, such as before or after the school day.  Any assignments not completed may be graded as a “0” for that assignment by the teacher(s).
  5. Pre-arranged prolonged absences may not exceed ten (10) consecutive school days. Absences longer than ten (10) consecutive school days may result in a truancy report being filed.

*This procedure does not apply to students missing a prolonged period of school because of a medical condition that prevents them from attending.  Absences Students missing more than ten (10) days in a semester because of illness will be required to provide a doctor’s note.  Failure to do so will result in an unexcused absence being recorded.

Unexcused Absence:

An unexcused absence is simply an absence not covered by any of the previously described excused absences. A truancy report will be iled for any student who is considered truant as defined in Aurora Public School Policy.


Being on time to class is considered very important for the student and for the class he/she is attending. When your child comes in late, it interferes with other student’s learning, the teacher’s right to teach, and your own child’s learning.  The reasons for having your child to school on time go beyond just the interference.  By law, children ages 6 to 17 who are enrolled in Colorado schools must attend school.  Attending school means being to school and picked up on time every day.  Tardy is any time after the 9:10 morning bell rings at Iowa Elementary.  Parents will also be contacted for tardies.  A conference may be necessary to determine the cause and a solution.  A tardy will be given for time gone up to 1 hour and 59 minutes after the beginning bell.  Any time beyond this will be considered a 1/2 day absence for the morning.  It is stated as 1 hour and 59 minutes because 2 hours is considered “absent”.   An unexcused absence of 2 hours or more is considered an unexcused absence for a significant part of a school day for purposes of reporting for truancy.


Colorado State Law requires children to attend school regularly and on time. State law also requires that we monitor the attendance of all students and report those who are truant to the District Court. Remember that truant students are those who have excessive absences and/or tardies.


Change of Address or Phone Number

It is very important that parents maintain up-to-date address, telephone number and emergency contact information for the child's/children's school office records. Please inform the school immediately if you have a change of telephone number. Notify Central Admission Office of any other change of information during the school year.


¿Sabia Usted...?

La ley del estado de Colorado requiere que todo estudiante matriculado en las escuelas asista a la escuela diariamente y a tiempo. La ley del estado también requiere que nuestro Distrito observe, documente y reporte a la corte todo los estudiantes con suficientes problemas en inasistencia regular y/o llegadas tardes a la escuela.

 ¿Está su hijo asistiendo a la escuela diariamente y a tiempo?  Lo siguiente es informacion general que le podra ayudar a asegurar que su hijo/a no  tenga ausencias injustificados.

 Una falta puede ser justificada si es una enfermedad si su niño tiene la temperatura de 100 grados o más, infección en la garganta, vómito, diarrea, tos constante, reacción alérgica o enfermedad contagiosa como la viruela, se recomienda que el niño se quede en casa. Demasiadas faltas reportadas como enfermedades eventualmente vamos a requirir una nota del doctor o pueden traerlos a la clinica de la escuela para que la enfermera o un administrador lo aprueba. 

  • Citas al Médico o Dentista - pedimos que traigan a sus hijos antes o despues de la cita para que pierdan mucho instruccion.
  • Se les pide a los padres que hagan las citas con el doctor o dentista fuera del horario escolar.


Los estudiantes que llegan tarde

Cuando los estudiantes llegan tarde a la escuela, tienen que pasar por la oficina para obtener un pase antes de ir a su salón de clases. Los padres deben de entrar a la escuela con su niño o enviar una nota con su niño explicando la razón de llegar tarde.


Cambio de Dirección

Es muy importante que los padres informen a la oficina de la escuela  de la dirección, número telefónico y contacto de emergencia actualizados. Por favor notifique a la escuela inmediatamente si hay algún cambio telefónico y a la Oficina Central de Matriculacion de cualquier otro cambio de información durante el año.


Page last updated on September 29, 2015

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