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Absences, Accidents & Illness, Arrival and Dismissal Supervision


The parent or guardian of each student at Matheson Park must provide a written explanation to the teacher concerning their student’s absence upon return to school.

Parents may call the Main Office at 291-6837 ext.5 to inform us of an absence.

If your child is absent and no communication has been received from home, the absence will be recorded as unexcused. Children with 4.5 absences or more per semester may be referred for additional action. Please refer to the APS Student Behavior Handbook for complete information.

APS District policy states, “Educational neglect is interpreted to be chronic absences, excessive tardiness or failure to be enrolled in an appropriate school setting where in the judgment of the principal and or their designee, the fundamental right to an appropriate education is being denied or impeded.” Please be aware that in addition to absences, excessive tardiness may be referred for further action.


If a child becomes sick or is injured in the building or on the grounds, he/she is to report to any teacher or staff member, the office, or the school nurse for first aid immediately. If an injury or illness appears to be serious, the parent or guardian will be notified by the Nurse’s office so the child can be taken home.

It is very important to keep the school Main Office notified of current telephone numbers.

Please make arrangements to have a sick child picked up promptly. The school does not have facilities to keep sick children for extended periods of time. If neither parent can be located for a child who requires immediate medical care, the child will be taken by ambulance to a nearby medical facility.


Student safety and proper supervision is of the greatest importance. Supervision by Matheson Park staff is provided at the start and close of the school day. In order to maintain a safe environment for your child, parents should not send or bring their children to school before 7:35 AM. (Unless enrolled in Parks and Rec.)