From The Assistant Principal's Desk

Welcome to my webpage!  I am so glad to be a part of the Skyline Middle School community, working with a group of educators committed to ensuring the success of every child.  Please take some time to visit the different links to learn more about our school. 

The Importance of Regular Attendance

Your child's education, both academically and socially, is our number one priority here at Skyline Middle School.  It's a fact that students who attend school regularly learn more and are more successful in school than students who do not.  Parents who make regular school attendance a priority are helping their children learn to accept responsibility, and that's an important lesson that will carry far beyond their school years.  Regular attendance is critically important because those students who are chronically tardy or are absent from school miss out on carefully planned instruction, active learning experiences and class participation.  The Commonwealth of Virginia established compulsory attendance laws that apply to all children, but there are times when a child does need to be absent from school.  Harrisonburg policy states in the student handbook that EXCUSED absences include the following:

  • Illness (more than 2 days will require a doctor’s note)
  • Death in the family
  • Field trips
  • Court appearance
  • Religious holiday
  • Circumstances approved by the principal in advance.  

When absences do occur, please be sure to call our office in the morning to tell us your child is absent and explain the reason.   When your child returns to school, send a note explaining the absence and include a doctor’s excuse when appropriate.  Also, make arrangements with the teachers about picking up your child’s work and help your child return the work to school.   In order to provide your child with the greatest chance for academic success, we must work together as a team to make regular attendance at school a priority.

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