Attendance Reporting

Full-day absence, late arrival, or early checkout

Attendance Reporting

When reporting a student's absence, please be specific about why you or your student will not attend school today.  

  • If reporting an ill student, include symptoms, especially if they have a fever, nausea, vomiting, sore throat, and/or cough. If you or your student has a diagnosis from a healthcare provider, please include that information.

Fairfax County Adult High School 2023-24 Attendance Policy 

Regular attendance is necessary for maximum student achievement in school. Fairfax County Adult High School (FCAHS) requires that learners be punctual and maintain regular attendance. Our learners are  expected to communicate with the school when they will be absent for any reason. Additionally, all work  assigned on those days must be completed. 

FCAHS Attendance Procedures 

Explanation of Absences 

Learners should notify the school prior to, or at the start of, the school day when they will be absent. 

  1. Report an absence by calling 703-658-1212. Leave a message with name, phone number, student ID, and the reason for being absent, or email [email protected] 
  2. If any documentation is required to excuse an absence (i.e., medical excuse), the documentation should be emailed to the above email address. 

Excused Absences 

According to Regulation 2234.10, examples of an excused absence may include, but are not limited to, the following reasons:

  1. Illness (including mental health and substance use illness) 
  2. Funeral  
  3. Legal obligations 
  4. Religious observances  
  5. Other reasons deemed acceptable by the administrator.

Unexcused Absences 

Unexcused absence means an  absence where the student  misses (i) the school day in its entirety and (ii) no reason was received by school personnel  within 3 days of the absence.

Action Plan:  

  1. Five (5) Unexcused Absences: Learner will be contacted by a counselor to create an attendance plan to succeed in school.                                                                 
  2. Ten (10) Unexcused Absences: Learner will meet with counselor review attendance plan.          
  3. Fifteen (15) Absences - Mandatory Withdrawal: Learner shall be withdrawn after 15 consecutive days of absence regardless of excused or unexcused absences. A learner  who is withdrawn from FCAHS for any reason should return all school-issued items as soon as possible.


Learners may return to school at  any time if no disciplinary  

procedures prevent it.

  1. Meeting with counselor: Withdrawn learner will meet with their counselor as soon as possible for an exit interview, and before re-enrolling. 
  2. Schedule a registration appointment with the registrar at 703-658-2736 or @email 

WMATA/Metro Bus Passes

Limited metro bus passes are available on a first-come first- served basis for learners who meet the following criteria. 


Passes will be disabled if the learner falls out of compliance.

  1. Learner is not able to access service through Fairfax Connector/CUE or the learner is above the age of eligibility for a Fairfax Connector/CUE pass.
  2. Learner emails @email each time they are absent.
  3. Learner does not miss more than 20% of classes in a two week period.
  4. Student must be spending 60 minutes per week on Lexia (or another approved literacy program).