RCS Attendance Policy

RCS Middle School Principal's Office

Good Afternoon RCS Middle School Parents & Guardians

School Attendance Policy & How to Report an Absence


Attendance Policy: Being present in school is essential for students to make academic progress. The objective of the district’s comprehensive attendance policy is to promote student attendance and identify the process used to address issues related to unexcused absences, incidents of tardiness, and early departures. The district utilizes a variety of strategies to encourage student attendance, including sharing information with students and families, family outreach, and imposing sanctions if needed. Communication about attendance expectations and addressing attendance issues is an important part of the policy.

The RCS Attendance Policy can be found here.


In general, the following types of absences, incidents of tardiness, or early departures are considered excused:

  1. Personal Illness

  2. Sickness or death in family

  3. Medical Appointments

  4. Court Appearances

  5. Religious Observance

  6. Quarantine

  7. Military Obligation

  8. Pre-approved college visits for H.S. juniors and seniors

  9. Any other absence excused at the discretion of the Building Administrator.

  10. Take your child to work day


In general, the following types of absences, incidents of tardiness, or early departures are considered unexcused: Absence for any reason not included in the list above is an unexcused absence. Absences for reasons set forth above for which a student does not have pre-approval from the District or for which the student does not provide an appropriate note or documentation within three (3) school days of their return to school will also be recorded as an unexcused absence.

Parental requests excusing their child from school for reasons not included above (i.e., to get a haircut, to go shopping, to go on a family trip, or not stating a specific reason) are unexcused absences under state law. Excuses that a student "overslept" or had "car trouble" are also unacceptable and will constitute an unexcused absence or tardy.

The school will notify parents/guardians when unexcused attendance issues reach specific thresholds identified in the policy. This notification includes letters, phone calls, and potentially household visits, depending upon the extent of the attendance issues.

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Calendar Events

  • MS Back to School Night/Open House - September 20, 2022
  • Lifetouch Fall Pictures - October 4, 2022

  • Grow Celebration - 1st Quarter - November 18, 2022

  • Lifetouch Fall Retake date - November 22, 2022

  • Q1 Honor/Merit Roll Recognition Ceremony - November 28, 2022

  • FastBridge Mid-year check in Reading and Math (all students) - January 17, 18, 19, 2023

  • 3-8 ELA Testing - April 19, 20, 2023

  • Grow Celebration - 2nd Quarter - February 3, 2023

  • Q2 Honor/Merit Roll Recognition Ceremony - February 13, 2023

  • Grow Celebration - 3rd Quarter - April 28, 2023

  • 3-8 Math Testing - May 2, 3, 2023

  • Q3 Honor/Merit Roll Recognition Ceremony - May 8, 2023

  • 5th/6th Grade Carnival/Dance - May 12, 2023

  • Lifetouch Spring Pictures - March 14, 2023
  • Grade 8 Science Testing (performance) May 23, 25, 2023
  • 7th/8th Grade Semi-Formal - June 2, 2023
  • Grade 8 Science Testing (written) - June 5, 2023
  • FastBridge End of Year Testing in Reading and Math (all students) - June 6, 7, 8, 2023
  • GROW End of the Year Celebration - June 16, 2023
  • Q4 Honor/Merit Roll Recognition Ceremony - May 8, 2023
  • Algebra I Regents Exam - Thursday, June 15, 2022 12:00 PM start time
  • Earth Science Regents Lab Practical - TBD
  • Earth Science Regents Exam - Friday, June 16, 2023 8:00 AM start time
  • World Languages Assessment (8th grade only) - Tuesday, June 20, 2023 8:00 am start time
  • 8th Grade Moving-up Ceremony - June 21, 2023

MS Concert and Performance Dates

Location for all performances: HS Auditorium


    • MS Musical (Frozen Jr.)

      • Friday, November 18, 2022, 7:00 pm

      • Saturday, November 19, 2022, 7:00 pm

      • Sunday, November 20, 2022, 2:00 pm

    • 7th/8th Grade Band and Chorus Winter Concert

      • December 6, 2022, 7:00 p.m.

    • 6th Grade Band and Chorus Winter Concert

      • December 20, 2022, 7:00 p.m

    • MS/HS Select Ensembles Concert

      • January 12, 2023, 7:00 p.m.

    • 6th-12th Band Concert

      • March 16, 2023, 7:00 pm

    • 6th-12th Chorus Concert

      • March 30, 2023, 7:00 pm

    • MS/HS Select Ensembles Concert

      • May 18, 2023, 7:00 pm

    • 6th-8th Band and Chorus Spring Concert

      • May 24, 2023, 7:00 pm