Phone (847) 718-7001

Office Hours

Monday - Friday 7 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
A 24-hour voicemail is also available.
Please leave your student's name, ID number, date and reason for the absence.

Attending class regularly, doing the assigned work, and contributing in class are directly related to success in school. Only when a student is present in the classroom on a consistent basis can he excel at school. Students will be marked absent from a class when they are 10 or more minutes tardy. There is really no way to fully duplicate the classroom experience after a student has been absent. Each absence is coded either "M" or "P." "M" is an absence supported by medical documentation (physician's note, receipt, or school nurse approval.) "P" is an absence excused by parent/guardian (excuse accepted by school), but not supported with medical documentation.

Tardy Procedures


For Periods 2-9 Only

  • 1st: Teacher/Staff member gives the student a warning
  • 2nd: Teacher/Staff member gives the student a warning
  • 3rd: Teacher/Staff member submits a referral to the Dean who assigns a one hour detention
  • 4th: Teacher/Staff member submits a referral to the Dean who assigns a two hour Saturday detention
  • 5th: Teacher/Staff member submits a referral to the Dean who assigns a four hour Saturday detention
  • 6th: Teacher/Staff member submits a referral to the Dean who assigns four hours of community service
  • 7th: Teacher/Staff member submits a referral to the Dean where various interventions may be assigned

​​Period 1 Procedures

Tardy consequences will be issued by security and the deans.  Students are marked tardy by their teacher when they arrive with an unexcused pass.  Ten minutes late or more is considered an absence.


(ref. Board Policy Section 7:70)
The Board of Education authorizes the administration to develop and enforce procedures, which ensure regular student attendance and accurate accounting for student absences. Attendance at school is required by state law. Being in the classroom, doing the assigned work, and contributing to the class, all on a regular basis are important to success in school. Only in the classroom can the student take full advantage of fellow classmates’ ideas, the teacher’s explanations, and other material that enriches the class.

Excused Absences

If a student is absent from school, his or her parents need to call the attendance office by 2:30 p.m. on the day of the absence, if at all possible. Authorized calls will be accepted by the attendance office up to 2:30 p.m. the following day after the absence. After 10 a.m. the next day, the absence will be considered as an unauthorized absence. Failure of a parent to call will result in the absence being considered unexcused. Appeals may be made to the student’s Dean.

Examples of excused absences include, but are not limited to:

  • Personal illness or other physical disablement (Note * section below)
  • Illness or death in the student’s family
  • Family emergency
  • Religious observances
  • Court appearances
  • Medical/Dental appointments (Follow prescribed procedures below)
  • Permission from Nurse to go home
  • Field Trip (Follow prescribed procedures below)
  • Student Services division approved activity
  • Administrator conference
  • Other specific excuses dependent on the judgment of the Deans or designees.

Excused absences allow for full make-up privileges, including a reasonable amount of help from teachers. The student must take the initiative for securing any work missed during an excused absence. Students must attend a minimum of four consecutive class periods in order to participate in any practices, competitions or school sponsored activities after school or during the evening the day of the absence. Only exceptions, is if the absence is a result of court, funeral, field trip or a college visit. Written verification may be required.

Pre-Arranged Absences

When it is necessary for a student to be absent from school, and this is known in advance, the Attendance office must receive prior notification according to the following procedures in order for the absence to be excused. A parent/guardian should notify the Attendance Office prior to the date of the absence, indicating the reason for the absence and its duration.

If the absence is for more than three days, the parent/guardian must call the Associate Principal at extension 7014.

Late Arrival

When arriving late, it is necessary for the student’s parent to call the Attendance Office and state the reason for the student being late. The student then must sign in at the Attendance Office. If the student does not sign in, the absence may not be excused.

Period Absences

Period absences must be accounted for by the supervising teacher or staff member. It is the student’s responsibility to see that this occurs at the time of the absence by obtaining a pass from the teacher or staff member with whom they spend the class period. If there is a discrepancy in the student’s attendance, the student must see the classroom teacher.

Leaving School During the School Day

When it is necessary for a student to leave during the school day, a parent call is required in the Attendance Office PRIOR to the time of the student’s departure. We are unable to allow the student to leave the campus without verbal parental authorization. (A note will not be accepted) It is the student’s responsibility to then follow through with the following procedures in order to avoid attendance consequences:

  1. Obtain a pass from the attendance office to present to the classroom teacher when it is time to leave unless during passing or the student’s lunch period. If you are leaving or coming back during your lunch hour, you MUST STILL sign out in the Attendance office.
  2. Go to the attendance office and sign out.
  3. If returning before the end of the school day, sign back in the Attendance Office.

If the above procedures are not followed, the student’s absence will not be excused. Continued disregard for the procedure will result in disciplinary action.

Medical or Dental Absences

When a student must miss school and has seen a doctor, the parent may choose to obtain medical documentation verifying the appointment. The documentation should include the name of the student, the doctor, the date and time of the treatment or the dates the student was under the doctor’s care.  This information can then be provided to the school upon the student’s return and be coded as an M for medical. This may become important later if the student exceeds their ten days per semester of excused absences. After ten excused days in any one semester, medical documentation will be required and a letter will be sent home explaining the details of this policy.

Going Home Sick

Students who become ill or injured during the school day must request a pass from the classroom teacher in order to access the School Nurse in the Health office. The nurse will then determine whether the student must go home due to illness. If the nurse decides the student should go home, she (or her designee) will contact the parent/guardian. It will be established at that time how the student will be transported home. The nurse will instruct the student to go to their locker to obtain their belongings.  The student will sign out in the Health Office.  Failure to follow this procedure will result in the issuance of an unexcused absence and possible disciplinary action.

If a student wants to come to school during the day in which they have previously been called out, a call from the parent/guardian must be received in the Attendance Office PRIOR to the student’s arrival back in school. It may be necessary upon their arrival, for the school nurse to evaluate the health of the student to ensure they are well enough to be in school.

Obtaining Homework

Parents and students are often concerned about students keeping current with class work when students are absent due to illness. The following guidelines should assist students in keeping up to date with homework in the event of short-term absences.

  1. If a student will be absent one or two days, he or she may contact classmates to obtain homework assignments. Often a course syllabus will indicate which assignments are due. Teachers may also be contacted directly by phone or through e-mail (accessible through the staff directory).
  2. For prearranged absences, a student may ask the teacher which assignments will be missed.
  3. If a student will be absent from three days to two weeks, the student or parent may contact Student Services at 718-7022 or and ask that assignments be collected. The Student Services office contacts teachers and asks for work within 24 hours. Please call to confirm that work has been delivered before coming to the Student Services office to pick up homework.
  4. Individual teachers may have additional homework guidelines or policies, which are explained on the academic information sheet for each class.
  5. If a student will be out for more than two weeks due to illness, he or she is entitled to homebound instruction services if a medical condition is certified by a doctor. Please contact Student Services at 718-7022 to obtain a medical certification form and arrange for a homebound tutor.

* Excessive excused absences that accumulate to 10 or more full days of school will result in parental contact by the student’s Dean (or designee).

* It may be necessary for these absences to be reviewed by an administrative team including, but not limited to the Dean of Students, Counselor, Associate Principal, and Principal.

Messages/Deliveries to Students

Please note that during the school day the Attendance office cannot accept nor deliver personal messages to students. Only in the case of IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEDICAL EMERGENCY can a message be delivered.

Unexcused/Unauthorized Absences

Some absences that occur at the discretion of the student and/or parent may not be considered excused. The belief of the school is that students benefit most from uninterrupted contact with their teachers in the learning environment. Therefore, absences that occur for the following reasons will be considered unexcused or unauthorized, respecting the parents’/guardians’ wishes to have their student out of school:

Examples of unauthorized absences may include but are not limited to:

  • Class cutting
  • All day truancy
  • Birthdays
  • Failure to sign in or sign out
  • Job interview
  • Oversleeping
  • Shopping trips
  • Missed school bus
  • Beauty appointments (Dances)
  • Car trouble
  • Baby-sitting
  • Late call
  • Excessive parent calls
  • Runaways
  • Extended lunch or breakfast
  • Undocumented health-related absences
  • Senior Ditch Day
  • Pre-Approved Family Related Activity days exceeding the pre-approved limit
  • Driver's License Appointments

When an absence is unexcused, a student will be permitted to make up the work missed. Credit given for such work will be at the discretion of the teacher who will establish reasonable time limits for its completion. The student may request a review of these decisions by the Division Head.

Ditch Day

Wheeling High School does not support a "senior ditch day." We ask parents to support us in taking a stance against "ditch day." When an excessive number of students are out of class, their absence negatively impacts the educational process in the building. Should a student make the decision to participate in "ditch day," the absence will be treated as unexcused. Medical documentation may be requested to excuse any absence on such day.