Students should arrive at school by 7:50 a.m. unless they are eating breakfast in the cafeteria. Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. and the serving line closes at 7:55 a.m. Students eating breakfast may enter the building at 7:30 a.m. Students who are not eating breakfast will be supervised by a teacher until the bell rings at 8:00 a.m. Unless eating breakfast, students should not be at school before 7:30 a.m.

Upon arrival at school, students should proceed to their locker assigned areas. Students are not to leave the school grounds after their arrival without properly checking out through the school office. Students in the commons are to use the restrooms by the stage area.

Reporting Absences

When students are absent, parents or guardians should call the school (618-438-4011) no later than 9:30 a.m. on each day of absence or send a note explaining the absence upon the student’s return to school. Failure to properly notify the school of an absence will result in the absence being recorded as unexcused. Repeated unexcused absences will result in a report to the truant officer at the Regional Office of Education.


A student is tardy who arrives in the classroom after 8:00 a.m. A student who is tardy must report to the office and sign in before going to class. Excessive tardiness may result in a truancy issue. 

Actions to follow include:

  • call to parent

  • letter to parent 

  • notification of truant officer

  • notification of state’s attorney

  • conference with parent and truant officer