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Wednesday, 07 December 2016 11:19

If your student will be ABSENT or TARDY, please contact TJ Attendance at 703.248.5661; enter 2 on your phone or dial directly to 703.992.0444.

{Pre-Arranged Absence Request Form} | {School Board Policy}

Excused Absence

Absence and tardy for the following reasons will be excused:

  • Illness verified by parent/guardian or doctor.  If the absence is longer than three days, a doctor's note is required to be turned in to the attendance office.
  • Pre-arranged absence consistent with the regulation issued by Superintendent
  • Death in the family
  • Observance of a religious holiday
  • Doctor or dental appointment
  • Extreme family emergency
  • Suspension

Unexcused Absences

Absence and tardy for the following reasons will be unexcused:

  • Oversleeping
  • Missing the bus
  • Transportation problems
  • Absence with parent/guardian permission but for reasons not on the excused list
  • Non-school related activities
  • Working
  • Unapproved trips
  • Child care situations
  • Shopping

How to Pre-Arrange an Absence

Pre-arranged absences are consistent with the regulation issued by the Superintendent.

  • Absences of ONE or TWO consecutive days require at least 2 days advance notice to the attendance office.  The note must state the reason(s) for absence.
  • Absences of THREE consecutive days or more require administrative approval.  A parent/guardian needs to submit a pre-arranged absence form {available here} to the attendance office as far in advance as possible, but NO LESS THAN THREE DAYS PRIOR TO THE ABSENCES.

Make-Up Work

Make-up work cannot substitute for missed classroom experience.

  • If a student is absent for one day, he/she should get their assignments from another student.
  • If a student is absent for three or more days, assignments can be requested through the attendance office.
  • Work assigned/given prior to a pre-arranged absence is due the day the student returns.

Early Pick-Up

For early pick-up, an adult must come to the office to sign out the student.  If the adult is not a parent, guardian, or emergency contact, prior notification to the office is required.  The adult will also need to provide picture identification to the office staff.

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School Hours

8:50 a.m. - 3:50 p.m.
8:50 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
                Wed Only

Automated Phone

(703) 248-5661

Main Office  (1):

Attendance: (2)
(703) 992-0444

Health Room (3):
(703) 248-5664

Day Care (4):
(703) 248-5670

Directory (7)


(703) 248-5666


Paul Swanson

Assistant Principal:
Dr. Michele Harcarik

Administrative Intern:
Rob Carey

Principal's Secretary
& Registrar:
Debra Newman

School Secretary:
Nancy Peacock


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Falls Church, VA 22046
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