Reporting Your Student Absent

Call the Standiford School Office at 574-5400

Illness either at home or at school:

If your child is at home presenting with the following symptoms or if your child presents with the following symptoms at school:

Fever greater than 100.4 cough runny nose/congestion

Shortness of breath loss of taste/smell chills

sore throat mild/cold like symptoms vomiting

body aches headache diarrhea

Your child needs to stay home or will be sent home if at school. In order for your child to return back to school, county health guidelines require one of the following options.

Option 1: COVID 19 Test

Please call the school @ 574-5400 for a return back to school after receiving a negative COVID-19 test.

Option 2: Primary Care Provider Evaluation

Please provide a written note from your child's physician stating: 1) Child's symptoms above are not related to Covid-19, 2) Your child is not contagious, and 3) A return to school date. Physician needs to sign/date the written note. Physician office must stamp the form. Please return form to the school.

*Child must be fever/diarrhea/vomiting free for 24 hours without medications to return to school

Option 3: Home for 10 days with Distance Learning

Child must stay home for 10 days and be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school if parent/guardian does not choose Covid-19 test or Primary Care Provider (MD) Evaluation.

Non-COVID related absences:

Absent Due to Doctor/Dentist/Orthodontist Appointments

  • We would like to encourage you to schedule your child’s appointments during non-school times so students don’t miss out on important instructional time with their teachers in the classroom.

  • Upon return to school, please have your student bring in a note from the doctor, dentist, orthodontist, etc., to excuse the absence. Physician needs to sign/date the written note. Physician office must stamp the form. Please return form to the school.

Absent Due to Necessities Other Than Illness

  • Independent Study Contracts are available for students who may be absent for 5-20 (five to twenty) days due to necessities other than illness, surgery, etc.

  • Call the office to find out if your student qualifies for an Independent Study.

  • This MUST be done at least 5 (five) das prior to the first day of the absence.

Independent Study Contracts must be approved by the classroom teacher and the principal. All work must be completed by the child and turned in to the teacher on the first day the student returns to school. No partial credit will be given. Incomplete work will result in unexcused absences. Independent Study Contracts are not available at the beginning or the end of the school year.

Due to Vacations, Family Events, etc.

We encourage you to take a look at the school calendar. There are many days (and weeks!) that school is not in session and are available for you to plan family vacations, events, etc.

If your vacation/family event is less than 5 days, it does not qualify for an Independent Study Contract and therefore is considered unexcused.


  • Set a regular bed time and morning routine.

  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.

  • Don’t let your child stay home unless they are truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.

  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make them feel more comfortable and excited about learning.

  • Develop back-up plans for getting to school, if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.

  • Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.