LHS Attendance Line:  (303) 387-4502


  • A note or phone call from parent/guardian is required within a 48 hour period for an absence to be excused each day of the absence. Students without open campus privileges are not allowed to leave campus at any time without prior parental notification.
  • Any absence that has not been accounted for within 48 hours will count as an unexcused absence on the student’s record of attendance and must be excused through an administrator.
  • Any student leaving for an appointment must turn in a note before school begins and get a pass to leave class.

Excused Absence Policy

  • The following are considered excused absences:
  • A student who is temporarily ill or injured;
  • A student who is absent for an extended period due to physical, mental, or emotional disability; (Doctors Notes required after 10 EXC absences within one class period)
  • A student whose absence is approved by the building principal or designee at the request of the parent or guardian;
  • A student who is absent due to bereavement;
  • A student who is absent due to immediate family member illness and medical appointments;
  • A student who is absent due to court appearances;
  • A student who is absent in observance of an established religious holiday;
  • A student who is pursuing a work-study program under the supervision of the school;
  • A student who is attending any school-sponsored activity or activities of an educational nature with advanced approval by the principal or designee.

Please note: A student may NOT be EXCUSED from one class to work on homework/work for another class. Also, a student may not be excused from class, one or more periods, and remain on campus. When on campus, students are expected to be in assigned classes.


Please call the attendance line before 9:00 am if your student will be late.

Early Dismissal

  • Please call the attendance line before 9:00 am if your student needs to leave school for an appointment. Students can pick up early dismissal passes at the attendance window before class or during passing period.
  • The student must sign out at the attendance desk before they leave campus, as well as sign back in upon return.
  • If your student becomes ILL during the day, they need to report to the health room located in the main office for an early dismissal.
  • In the case of an emergency and you need your student in under an hour, please call the main line 303-387-4500.

Extended Absence

If a student must be away from school for one or more days for reasons other than sickness, injury or approved school activities, an Advanced Notification for Absence form is necessary.

  • Signed first by the student's parents
  • Signed second by the student's teachers
  • Finally evaluated by the appropriate school administrators.

DCSD Board Policy-Excused Absence

Excused absences are those resulting from: temporary or extended illness, injury or physical, mental, or emotional disability; family emergencies; absences excused by the principal through prior requests of parents or guardians; absences approved by the superintendent or designee due to inclement weather; absences pursuant to school release permits under District policy JHD; absences which occur when a student is in the custody of a court or law enforcement authority; absences due to suspension or expulsion; and any other absence approved by the principal.  If a student is in an out-of-home placement as defined by C.R.S. 22-32-138(1)(e), absences due to court appearances and participation in court-ordered activities shall be excused.