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A student's responsibilities to the community include full attendance, and therefore each student is expected to attend school while it is in session, from 7:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Class meeting begins at 7:45 and it is imperative that students be on time each morning, to receive important announcements, take part in planning class activities, and have attendance taken.

Absences of more than 10% (approximately 17) of school days, will come under review by the Upper School Director.  A student risks losing credit for missed courses.

Late to School

Lateness will be excused in the case of major car problems or extreme weather or traffic conditions, as reported by local television and radio stations or school bus drivers. All other lateness is considered unexcused.  In any case, a phone call is expected.


  • 2 times: email to student with copies to advisor
  • 3 times: Infraction and letter home to family with copy of infraction
  • More than 5 times: student will come under review by the Dean of Students.

Late to Class

Students' responsibilities to the learning community include prompt attendance in all classes and events. In the event that a student is held in class after the beginning of the next class period,  she is  required to ask for a note from the teacher explaining the tardiness.


If a student is late to any class more than two times, her teacher will notify her advisor and the Dean of Students.


Appointments outside of school during the school day are strongly discouraged. If for some reason an appointment must be scheduled during the day, parents must send an explanatory note, email, or phone call to the receptionist at least 24 hours in advance.

Excused Absences

If a student is absent because of illness or other unexpected circumstances, her family should contact the school between 7:30 and 9:00 a.m. to report the absence. After first period, the school will call the home of any student from whom no word has been received. An absence will be considered unexcused if a student's family does not contact the school or if we cannot contact the family.

If a student knows in advance that she will be missing school for any reason, she must bring a note from her parents explaining the absence and have it signed by her teachers at least 24 hours before the absence.  The note should then be turned in to the receptionist.

Early Dismissal

At the discretion of the school, a student may be excused for a medical reason or a family emergency.

  • Her parents must send a written note to the Upper School Office 24 hours prior to the early dismissal, explaining the reason and stating the specific departure and return times.
  • She must ask each of her teachers whose classes she will miss to sign this note.
  • The student must then sign out at the front desk.

Students will not be dismissed early to retrieve items left at home such as homework or athletic equipment.

Early Dismissal Due to Illness during School

The Nurse tends to the medical needs of our entire student body. If a student becomes ill during the day, she should:

  • report to class (if she has one) BEFORE going to the Health Center.
  • report to the Nurse; or, if the nurse is unavailable, to the Upper School Office.

If a student needs to miss an afterschool activity (sports, drama) for medical reasons, she should contact the teacher or coach.


If a student leaves school for medical reasons without following the proper procedures, she will receive an infraction and may be required to appear before the Honor Council.

Extended Absence

If a student develops a pattern of absences from school or classes during a semester, she and her parents may be asked to meet with the Upper School Director and the Dean of Students.

Participation in extra-curricular activities

If a student is not in school by 10:00 a.m., she may not participate in any extracurricular, athletic, or school-sponsored activity that day.

College Visits

We strongly encourage seniors to plan college visits during summer of junior year, spring break, holiday break in December, and over long weekends. However, seniors will be allowed three excused college visit days during the academic year. These visits must be cleared through the College Counseling Office. Each teacher must approve the college visit by signing the "College Visit Form." This form must be returned to the College Counseling Office at least 3 days in advance.

Unexcused Absences

In the case of unexcused absences, a student will NOT be given the opportunity to make up missed assignments or assessments.

Family Vacations

The school encourages family vacations and provides time for them between semesters and during March break each academic year. The school will not excuse students for family vacations or other similar occasions that disregard the school calendar. Faculty will not make assignment accommodations for vacations that do not coincide with the school calendar.

Missed Class

If a student intentionally misses a class, she will receive a detention and may be required to appear before Honor Council.

Missing School

If a student skips school, she will be required to appear before Honor Council.

Leaving Campus

Students must remain on campus at all times between 7:45 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., unless senior or junior privileges have been granted.

The main campus boundaries are Butler Avenue, Oriole Avenue, Patterson Avenue and the ravine.

The ravine is out-of-bounds.

If a student needs to leave campus for any reason, she must check with the Upper School Office.

Students may not go to their cars during school hours without permission from the Upper School Office.


If a student leaves campus without permission, she will be required to meet with the Dean of Students and may appear before the Honor Council.

Senior Off-Campus Privileges

Senior privileges (which allow seniors to leave campus during the school day) are not a right, but a privilege. Seniors can earn these privileges during the senior year by meeting the following criteria:

  • Being in good academic standing;
  • Serving as a positive role model to underclass girls in the community;
  • Respecting the larger community with conduct appropriate to a representative of Lincoln School;
  • Attending all classes and school events promptly.

Senior privileges are granted at the discretion of the faculty, Dean of Students and the Upper School Director. Eligibility will be reviewed  and awarded or rescinded as conditions arise. Students will be eligible for senior privileges at the beginning of November. Privileges will not exceed more than two class periods during the course of a day.

Seniors must be present for homeroom.

Seniors who are granted senior privileges have sign-out privileges after first period. (If a senior is not present during the first period in the morning, privileges will be rescinded for the day.)

Seniors must be present on campus during Clubs and Assembly periods.

During the day, students may use an automobile only with her family's approval.

If a student violates a community guideline, she will lose senior privileges for a period of time that will be determined by the Dean of Students, the Honor Council, or the Director of the Upper School.

Seniors who leave campus without permission will lose their privileges and must meet with the Dean of Students and may appear before the Honor Council.

Junior Off-Campus Privileges

Juniors will be considered for off-campus privileges beginning May 1. A letter from the class requesting off-campus privileges should be submitted to the Upper School Director before May 1.

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