Merlinda Elementary School
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Attendance Counts

Every day attendance Counts

We Are Here!

Just a friendly reminder that it is extremely important for students to come to school on time everyday.  Attendance is their "ticket to success".  Please keep in mind that when students are late to class it is not only disruptive to that student's education, but also to all of the other students in that class who have to wait while the teacher directs the late student and brings him/her up to speed on what the rest of the class is doing.

Our "We Are Here!" award program encourages our students to come to school on time every day. Classes work towards awards by spelling out "We Are Here!" by having 100% of the students on time and at school.

  • Grades TK-3:  7 days of perfect attendance
  • Grades 4-6:    4 days of perfect attendance (there is a difference because 4th-6th grades has 32 students who need 100% attendance and grades TK-3 have 24 students who need 100% attendance).

Give Mrs. Tracey a call to report your absence!

Tracey Cunningham



It is illegal for a child to be absent for the following reasons:

  • Assisting with baby-sitting
  • Doing housework
  • Running errands
  • Helping to care for others in the family
  • Visiting or entertaining friends, relatives, or other guests
  • Lack of clothing (if in need, call the school)
  • Oversleeping
  • Lack of clean clothes
  • "Going to" various government agencies (social security, welfare, etc.)
  • Not wanting to come to school


What Research Says About Attendance

  Research states that regular school attendance will enhance the normal progress of students. Therefore, it is imperative that students attend school daily, and are on time.

     Whenever students are absent from school, a note explaining the reason for the absence must be sent on the day the student returns to school.

     The only excused absences accepted by the state are for illnesses, medical appointments, religious observance, or funeral attendance for an immediate family member.

     We encourage you to try and schedule your child's doctor and dental appointments after school hours. If this is not possible, you must check your child out at the main office.

     Please be warned that frequent absences by students will trigger an investigation by the district attorney's office.