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The Importance of Attendance at PFFS

It is critical that your young person attends school every day when they are not sick.  Our teachers design units of instruction with powerful themes and essential questions that span multiple weeks; connecting and integrating multi-day learning activities.  Many of these activities are designed to be collaborative.  Even missing collaboration02one day can place a student at a disadvantage and negatively impact the work of a collaborating student team.  Missing multiple days will make success at PFFS very difficult.

Several years ago the PFFS Governing Board adopted an attendance policy to align with state law and to support the success of our students.  It allows the co-director(s) to recommend withdrawal from the school of any of student who has been absent 10 or more days in a 60-day period.  Parents/guardians may appeal this recommendation by meeting with the school board and presenting a viable plan for getting their young person to school every day.  There have been times in the past when a family has taken a trip away during scheduled school days and then triggered the ’10 in 60′ attendance policy because of an ‘unplanned’ illness during the 60-day interval in which they took the trip.  Let’s work together to insure the success of all of our students.

2015-2016 School Calendar — The PFFS School Governing Board has adopted a school calendar that allows for 180 days of powerful teaching and learning including two weeks of special programming we call Intersession.  It also provides ample opportunities for family vacations that do not interfere with your child’s academic experience at Paulo Freire.

We encourage you to make every effort to plan your family get-aways with the School Calendar in mindHere is a list of the remaining extended weekends and longer breaks for students in 2015-2016: Thanksgiving, Nov. 26-29 (4-day weekend); Winter Break, Dec. 18 – Jan. 3 (16-day break); Rodeo Days, Feb. 25-28 (4-day weekend); Friday Teacher Planning, Mar. 11-13 (3-day weekend); Spring Break, Mar. 19-27 (9-day break).

Download/print a school calendar for your refrigerator:

PFFS-Downtown Color-Coded 2014-2015 Calendar

PFFS-University Color-Coded 2015-2016 Calendar

Also, you can share the PFFS Google Calendar with your personal calendar to be reminded of up coming extended weekends and breaks as well as upcoming PFFS events.

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