Attendance Office FAQs

  • What are excused/unexcused absences?

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    The following are valid excused absences:

    Death in the Family
    Valid Doctor or Court Appointment (must have documentation upon return to school)
    Family Emergency
    Religious Holidays
    College Visits - A limit of three per year (with documentation)

    The above absences will NOT COUNT in the student's eight allowed absences under the following conditions

    1. Any absence that is reported to the Attendance Office within 24 hours AND for which the student presents written medical or court documentation within 48 hours of their return to school.

    2. Religious holidays when the approval procedure is followed prior to the absence (phone contact/written note from parent/guardian to your principal)

    3. College Visits, up to three per year, with documentation confirming the visit provided to student services within 48 hours of their return to school. 

    School related absences that will NOT COUNT in the student's eight allowed absences:

    Field Trips
    School sponsered activities or school sponsered athletic contests/tournaments  
    Pre-arranged appointments with staff members (counselors, social workers, psychologists)

    The following are unexcused absences:  

    Any absence not authorized or school related will be considered an unexcused absence for the student. Unexcused absences do include missing the bus and/or oversleeping.

    The absence will also be considered unexcused if a parent phone call is not received within 24 hours of the absence.  If a student's absence is unexcused he/she will not be allowed to make up work for credit and will receive no credit for any work or tests that were missed.  

    To report an absence:

    Almond Attendance Office: 847-548-6333
    O'Plaine Attendance Office: 847-599-4799

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  • What if a student is late for school?

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    Any absence not authorized or school related will be considered an unexcused absence for the student. If a student is more than 10 minutes late to school, or to a class, without a pass, they will be considered unexcused.  THIS INCLUDES 1st PERIOD  AT O'PLAINE AND 0 PERIOD AT ALMOND.  

    Parents/Guardians should notify the Attendance Office by 10:30 a.m. if a student will be late to school.  Please leave the following information:  Student's first and last name - spelled out, year in school, student's ID number, name of parent/guardian who is calling, daytime phone number where you can be reached to verify the call, and the reason the student will be late.  Oversleeping or missing the bus are not valid reasons for an excused absence and will be considered unexcused.  


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  • My student overslept. Can I call them in sick and can they still participate in sports today?

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    No. In order to participate in athletic practices or competitions students must be in attendance for every class period of the day. Students who miss class due to attending a doctor appointment will be excused IF they bring a note from the doctor to the attendance office upon returning to school. Documented absences for going to the doctor are considered no-count absences.


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  • What if a student needs to leave school early?

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    If a student needs to leave school early, the parent/guardian must call the Attendance Office and indicate student's first and last name - spelled out, year in school, student's ID number, name of parent/guardian who is calling, daytime phone number where you can be reached to verify the call, the reason for the absence and time when student will be leaving and returning to school.  The Attendance Office will provide the student with an off campus pass.  

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  • What if a student gets sick during the day and wants to go home?

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    When a student is sick, they should go to the Nurse's Office. The Nurse will notify a parent before a student is allowed to leave the building.  A student may not just leave the building without staff permission.

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  • How many absences are allowed to maintain senior final exam exemption?

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    Students may be eligible for exemption from exams for the second semester of their senior year

    Seniors will have the opportunity to be exempt from a final exam in a particular course taken second semester provided they have met the following requirements of the grade/attendance incentive during second semester: 
         1.  No unexcused absences in that class
         2.  Five (5) or fewer excused absences in that class 
         3.  A grade percentage of 80% or higher in that class

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  • How many days are allowed to visit colleges or universities?

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    Sophmore, Junior, and Senior level students may use up to three (3) school days during the school year for the purpose of visiting college campuses. These days will be considered as "No Count" absences provided the parent calls the Attendance Office prior to the college visit and the student returns with a signed note from the college admissions office on the college letterhead within 48 hours of their return to school. There are no college visits permitted after May 6. 

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  • Do school-sponsored field trips, activities, athletic events or testing count as absences?

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    No, these are considered no-count absences. The attendance office will be contacted by the group sponsor and will code the absence accordingly.

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  • Do students need to be called in for religious holidays?

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    Written notification must be provided to the principal.  Board Policy 7.80 asserts that "a student shall be released from school, as an excused absence, for the purpose of observing a religious holiday.  The parent(s)/guardian(s) must give written notice to the District five (5) days before the student's anticipated absence.The parent(s)/guardian(s) written notification of the student's anticipated absence shall satisfy the District's requirement for a written excuse when the student returns to the school.  A student shall be released from school for a day or portion of a day for the purpose of religious instruction.  A letter, requesting the student's absence and written by the student's parent(s)/guardian(s), must be given to the Building Principal at least five (5) days before the day the student is to be absent."

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Parking FAQs

  • What are the rules for parking in the school parking lot?

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    ALL vehicles that are parked on WTHS grounds are required to have either an annual parking permit OR a daily temporary parking tag

    Daily temporary parking tags are available in the Bookkeeper’s office for $5.00 (cash) per day. 

    Students must park in areas designated for students only. The student parking areas are the parking lot by the flag pole, next to the softball fields and the lot adjacent to the B1 entrance doors. 

    Students parking in staff lot, spaces reserved for visitors or no parking areas may permanently lose parking privileges or be ticketed and/or towed at owner's expense ($150.00). 

    Any altering of temporary parking tags will result in vehicle being towed.

    Students who use their vehicles to assist others in breaking school rules will be assigned the same penalty as those who break the regulations.

    The speed limit is 10 miles per hour.

    Upon arrival at school, students are to immediately park cars in designated areas, lock and leave their vehicles and enter the building.

    Parking privileges may be revoked due to reckless or dangerous driving, unsafe or noisy vehicles, continued tardiness to school, or violations of established regulations. 

    All motorcycles, scooters, etc. must follow the Rules & Regulations for automobiles and park in designated areas.

    Tampering with permits or tags, falsifying information or digital reproduction will result in disciplinary action and loss of ALL parking privileges. 












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  • How do I apply for a parking permit?

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    Registration for student parking for the upcoming school year will begin on March 1st . The fee for an annual parking permit is $320. Any student interested in purchasing a parking permit must fill out a parking application  online prior to April 1st.  Permits are offered on a first come first served basis. All students who applied after April 1st will be added to the waiting list and will be notified if a permit is available.  

    All past-due student fees must be paid in-full in order to be eligible for a parking permit. Once verified the fee will be applied to the student's account in July during the online Registration process or by visiting Room 203 (Almond Campus Bookkeeper's Office). Payment must be made for the permit in-full prior to the permit being distributed. Payment can be made prior to or at Walk-in Registration in August and will be distributed during the Walk-In Registration process. Please bring your receipt or screenshot of purchase if you have paid on-line.   

    Parking applications for next year will be available on March 1st.


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  • I didn't purchase a parking permit for the school year. Can I still drive to school if necessary?

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    Yes!  Each student receives 3 FREE temporary parking tags per semester.  Students are NOT permitted to use any other student's free temporary parking tags. After free tags are used then students are able to purchase a daily temporary parking tag for $5.00 per day (CASH) in Room 203.  Students may purchase temporary parking tags before school or during lunch. 

    In order to purchase a tag you must provide the Make/Model/License plate for vehicle parked in parking lot.  Temporary parking tags must be displayed in the vehicle first thing in the morning. Students will not be excused to class if they are late due to taking tags to cars so it is advisable to make your purchase BEFORE the day you need it.  

    All parking rules are on the reverse side of temporary parking tags.  By purchasing, students agree to all rules.  Any vehicle without a valid parking tag will receive a warning sticker.  The second violation will result in vehicle being towed by Wildwood Towing (847-223-2222) at a cost of $150.00.


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  • Do I need a temporary parking tag during final exams?

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    YES.  A temporary parking tag IS required during winter finals.  Failure to obtain a temporary parking tag may result in your car being towed.  

    Students will not be required to purchase a temporary parking tag for spring finals.  Additionally, parking is FREE for all students after graduation in May.



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  • How does the waiting list for a parking permit work?

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    Parking is offered on a first come first served basis. 

    Students who have applied for parking by filling out out the parking application by the April 1st deadline have first priority and will have until the first day of school to pay for their parking permit.  Students who do not pay for their parking permit by the first day of school will forfeit the opportunity to purchase a parking permit.  All students who wish to be on the waiting list must fill out the parking application. Parking permits will be offered to those on the waiting list in order that applications were submitted.  We will not know how may parking permits are available until the first day of school.  On the second day of school we will offer parking permits to those on the waiting list depending on availability.  An email message will be sent to the parent/guardian email that was provided on the parking application with information regarding parking availability. 

    If you do not receive an email it means that a spot is not available.  


    Questions about parking? 

    Almond Campus Email or call Kari Lakins 847-548-6646


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  • Who should I contact if my car is towed?

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    Wildwood Service (847) 223-2222 

    18451 W Gages Lake Rd, Gages Lake, IL 60030


    Reasons a vehicle might be towed:

    *No parking permit or temporary parking tag is displayed (second offense).

    *Expired date on temporary parking tag OR date has been altered (second offense).

    *Parking in an illegal space or in staff lot.





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  • I chose not to purchase a permit at the beginning of the school year. Can I still buy one?

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    Permanent permits are NOT available to purchase at a later date during the year.  If you decide you do not want to purchase a permit at the beginning of the year you will lose your spot but you can add your name to the end of the waiting list by re-entering your information for a parking application.

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  • I have outstanding fees that are preventing me from purchasing a parking permit. What should I do?

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    Please contact Karen Efsen ( or call 847-548-6837.  

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School Rule FAQs

  • What is the cell phone/electronic device policy?

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    Students are extended the privilege of possessing a wireless communication device on school grounds.  Electronic devices should be in silent mode during school hours. Use of wireless devices in the classroom, in areas being used to conduct instruction or on school trips are at the discretion of the teacher, coach, sponsor, chaperone, or any staff member. Use of such devices by students is not to be disruptive in any activity or event. All use must be respectful and not create a disturbance to the educational environment or impede the learning process. The use of wireless devices is not permitted in locker rooms or restrooms.

    Prohibited Areas
    Computer labs or testing center
    During school assemblies
    In areas where privacy is expected, including but not limited to, restrooms and locker rooms
    Any other areas where electronic device use is prohibited by law
    Student services area

    Failure to follow these procedures will result in the following consequences:
    First Offense
    Student/Dean Conference
    Parent/Guardian Contact/3 Dean Detentions or Saturday School Detention

    Second Offense
    Student/Dean Conference
    Parent/Guardian Contact
    Two (2) Saturday School Detentions

    Third Offense
    Student/Dean Conference
    Parent/Guardian Contact
    3 Saturday School Detentions up to Out-of-School Suspension (1 Day)

    Each infraction may also include assignment of social probation, including but not limited to homecoming, prom and graduation.

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  • Can I leave school to go out to lunch?

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    WTHS is a closed campus, as written in the Student/Parent Handbook (Policy 7:32):

    Students arriving on the school campus may not leave without written permission from the Deans' Office.  Students are not allowed to leave the campus for lunch.  Parents cannot request an off-campus for the purpose of lunch.  Offenders will be subject to disciplinary action.

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  • Can I have a family member or friend drop off fast food or a pizza during my lunch?

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    No.  WTHS has a contract with our school lunch provider to provide lunch for students. 

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Detention FAQs

  • What is Saturday School Detention? Where is it held?

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    Saturday School Detention is a form of discipline for student infractions.  This will be a silent study hall held on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the O'Plaine Campus.  Please bring homework or something to work quietly on.  Students should enter through the Main Office doors (A2) and must be on time. Students who do not serve will receive additional consequences by the Deans’ office.

    Not allowed during Saturday School Detention:

    Cell phones

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  • Where and when can students serve detentions?

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    Room 237        7:40am – 8:20am
    Room 237        3:20pm – 4:00pm

    Room 211        6:55am  - 7:20am
    Room 211        2:20pm  - 2:55pm

    All detentions are to be served within 5 (five) days of being issued.  Students MUST be on-time and need a current ID for entry.  No after school detention on Friday.  Failure to serve an assigned detention by the due date will result in additional consequences, which may include additional detentions or a Saturday School detention.

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