Absences and Tardies

When parents know their child is going to be absent or tardy from school, they should submit the information via our online attendance form, or by calling the Island Creek’s Attendance Line answering machine at 571-642-6363 by 8:00 am. Messages can be left on this line 24 hours a day.

This system is designed as a safeguard to ensure that children reach school. Parents should give their child’s name, the teacher’s name, reason for absence and/or if your student is sick, a general description of the illness. This will eliminate the need for the school to make a call to the home or workplace to confirm absences. In addition, it is important for the school to know if your child has contracted a communicable disease such as chicken pox, conjunctivitis, or strep throat. State law requires that parents provide a satisfactory explanation for a child’s absence for all or any part of the school day. Absences are understandable in situations of: Illness; death in the family; medical or dental appointment; observance of a religious holiday; or a family emergency.

To request a prearranged absence from school, please submit the "Request for Prearranged Absence Form" in advance.

Request for prearranged Absence Form-Elementary

Absences Add Up: FCPS School Calendar Gives Time for Families to Travel

Families benefit from visiting relatives and reconnecting with friends throughout the year. If you are planning a trip, consider traveling when students are off from school, such as the upcoming teacher work days on November 5 and 6. FCPS has also added a day off before Thanksgiving to provide additional time for travel and family gatherings.

Regular attendance is important, so plan to check the school calendar first before planning a trip.

Respecting the importance of attendance, parents of students with excessive absences and unexcused tardies can expect follow up from the school administration. An accumulation of unjustified absences and/or tardies is reason for the school administration to follow up. The attendance guidelines for Island Creek are as follows:

  • When unexcused absences or tardies accumulate during a quarter, a letter from the principal’s office will be sent home.  
  • When additional absences or tardies accumulate, a follow-up letter will be sent.  
  • If unexcused tardies or absences continue, a conference and a referral could be made to Fairfax County Public Schools attendance officer.

Families are expected to make travel plans during times of school vacations. Parents should seriously consider the educational implications of disrupting the educational progress for family holidays. Absences for family holidays when school is in session are considered unexcused. Teachers do not provide homework assignments for family holidays. Make up class work can be requested from the teacher after two consecutive days of absence from school due to excused absences.

FCPS Attendance Policies