Contacts (315) 689-8500
Lori Eggleston-Support (x2002): email@example.com
David Shafer-Admin (x2001): firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica Strong-Nurse (x3010): email@example.com
Bill Vita-Director (x5701): firstname.lastname@example.org
Free & Reduced Meal Program
Bernadette Fall-Admin (x5002): email@example.com
Diane Miano-Supervisor (x5601): firstname.lastname@example.org
School Resource Officer
Dennis Burlingame (x2006): email@example.com
Mrs. Fedigan (x2012) Guidance Counselor: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Brogan (x2013) Social Worker: email@example.com
Ms. Morgans (x2018) Psychologist: firstname.lastname@example.org
601 Mrs. Killian – Language Acquisition (Spanish)
602 Mr. Deapo – Individuals and Societies
603 Mr. Lauricella – Math
605 Mrs. Klamm –Language and Literature
607 Mr. Marinelli – Science
528 Mrs. DiBerardino – Language Acquisition (Spanish)
530 Mrs. Giannettino – Individuals and Societies
529 Ms. Glantz – Language and Literature
530 Mrs. Knapp – Math
517 Mr. McCormick – Science
521 Mrs. Bevilacqua – Science
503 Mr. Stone – Language Acquisition (Spanish)
505 Ms. Farnsworth – Language and Literature
507 Mr. Hickman – Individuals and Societies
509 Mrs. Wisniewski – Math
511 Mrs. Arnold – Integrated algebra
625 Mr. Canino – Technology
604 & 525 Mr. Sipley – Design
527 Ms. Siebert - Health/Careers
Gym Mr. Honors – PE
508 Mrs. Gugel
606 Mrs. Alcock
Staggered Arrival and Dismissal
Arrival of self-transports and walkers. 8:05 a.m.
Arrival of district-transports, 8:30 a.m.
Dismissal of grade 8 district-transports, 2:30 p.m.
Dismissal of grade 7 district-transports, 2:32 p.m.
Dismissal of grade 6 district-transports, 2:34 p.m.
Dismissal of self-transports and walkers, 2:40 p.m.
Note: Both arrival and dismissal of self-transports will occur in the traffic loop in front of the bus garage.
Students who ride the bus will have their temperature screened as part of the boarding process. Self-transport students and walkers will have their temperature screened as part of the arrival process.
Students who arrive after the start of the school day are to use the middle school main entrance and they will be screened prior to proceeding to class.
Cleared students will be those whose temperature is below 100.0°F and non-cleared students will be those whose temperature is 100.0°F or higher. Non-cleared students will need to return home, participate in the district’s remote learning program, be examined by a health care provider, receive a written release, and provide a copy of said release to the school nurse prior to being eligible to resume in-person learning.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Families are to provide their child with an acceptable face covering and the district will have a supply of face masks and face shields on hand to distribute as needed.
Students are to wear their face covering prior to boarding the bus, while on the bus, while disembarking from the bus, when entering and exiting the building, when in common areas, and whenever they are within six feet of any adult or other student.
Students do not have to wear face coverings during instruction as long as socially distancing parameters can be maintained, unless directed otherwise by administrative personnel.
For those students who are medically unable to wear face coverings, the district will provide face shields with the expectation that such PPE will be worn in lieu of a health care provider’s written prohibition.
Signage will be in place to remind all school community members about the public health protections surrounding COVID-19. Social distancing markers will denote six feet spacing in all classrooms and hallways. Arrows will indicate a one-way flow of traffic.
Each student will have his or her own desk and all desks will face in the same direction. The teacher will have an instructional station at the front of the room.
Students are placed in small cohorts and no cohort is larger than twelve. These cohorts are static to limit the degree of incidental contact. The only cohorts that will not be static are the Living Environment and Integrated Algebra groups.
In order to administer any medication, the nurse must be provided a written order signed by a health care provider and the child’s parent. Because students are not permitted to carry medication to and from school, a child’s parent is required to make the necessary drop-off arrangements. Medications will be dispensed by the nurse according to a staggered schedule to reduce the number of students in the health office at any one time.
Proof of up-to-date immunizations is required for all students to attend in-person learning and proof of a recent physical is required for students entering grade four. In order to be excused from physical education class, a student must have a written note from a health care provider.
Should a parent keep his or her child home due to a non-COVID-19 illness, said child may return to in-person learning as soon as he or she is symptom free.
Isolation Zone-Room 618
If a student becomes symptomatic during the school day, personnel will follow the procedures below:
1. Send the child to the isolation zone.
2. Call the isolation zone and make personnel aware that the student is en route.
3. Call the health office and inform the nurse that a symptomatic student is en route to the isolation zone.
4. Call the main office and alert personnel to the situation.
5. Call the parent of the symptomatic student and arrange for the child to be picked up in the JEMS traffic circle, band room door (silver), which is located directly after the gym main entrance.
6. Supervise the symptomatic student in the isolation zone until his or her parents arrive to take him or her home.
7. Rescreen persons who were in the area where the child became symptomatic.
8. Relocate all cleared persons; send all non-cleared persons to the isolation zone.
9. Close the area.
10. Clean and disinfect the area.
In order for a symptomatic student to resume in-person learning, he or she must participate in the district’s remote learning program, be examined by a health care provider, receive a written release, and provide a copy of said release to the school nurse.
Any student or staff member who tests positive for COVID-19 must complete an isolation period and have recovered prior to returning. The district will coordinate the return of any infected individual with the local health department.
Parents are required to complete a transportation request form on an annual basis. Due to COVID-19 constraints, parents can identify just one pick-up address and one drop-off address for the 2020-2021 school year. All social distancing and PPE requirement rules apply to the bus stop. Students are to wear a mask prior to boarding, during the route, and while disembarking. Students are to load from the rear to the front and disembark from the front to the rear so as to limit incidental contact.
Breakfast and lunch will be available for both in-person and remote learning students. For in-person students, breakfast will be a grab-n-go as they enter and proceed to their homerooms. There will be one lunch option and food will be pre-plated and sealed with an individual covering. Students will eat at individual desks in the large instructional spaces which are the bistro and the gym. The sharing of food and beverages is prohibited. Meals for the remote learners will be available for pick up at the high school each morning.
Reduced meals: $.25
Applications for free and reduced meals as well as copies of the menus are available on the District’s website. Student meal accounts may be paid electronically at www.myschoolbucks.com.
As we will be in a model of social distancing, students will not have the use of a locker nor will they be changing for Physical Education. Therefore, our supply list has been greatly reduced. With the integration of Chromebooks for every student, there will limited needs for traditional supplies.
Students will be issued a Chromebook and use the binder organizational system daily.
- a book bag to carry your Chromebook, binder, lunch & coat
- 2 packages of #2 pencils
- box of colored pencils (8-16)
- earbuds or headphones for Chromebook use
- 1 package of post it notes
- 2 highlighter markers
- 1 package of mechanical pencils
- pencil bag/holder with 3 holes to clip binder
- The Binder Organization System described below
THE BINDER ORGANIZATION SYSTEM used for ALL CLASSES (We will assemble this together in class)
- One 1.5” binders- for the binder system
Durable, 1.5-inch binder with pockets on the inside front and back covers. We recommend the “view-binders” so students can personalize
- Tab Dividers with pocket folders (pocket folders are necessary!)
Suggested Brands: Walmart’s Pen+Gear brand (#90114) OR Mead brand (#20038) OR Avery Brand (#11906)
1 plastic folder with pockets for math to be kept in the classroom
- Loose-leaf notebook paper (wide ruled) several packages
8th grade Algebra students will be loaned a TI84 plus CE calculator and charging cord. Students will sign a contract to borrow these materials. Students will need to provide their own USB charging block to plug the charger into the wall.
Visitors, volunteers, and activities involving other groups will be restricted until social distancing guidelines and PPE requirements are no longer necessary. Only parents and guardians, who are cleared to enter after going through the district’s screening process, will be granted access.
Parents who need to take their child to an appointment prior to the end of the school day are asked to pull into the JEMS main office traffic circle, park in front of the main entrance doors, and call the JEMS main office. Office staff member will observe student pick-up. Parents will not be able to come into the building for pick-up.
Jordan-Elbridge Middle School will issue a copy of the student handbook on the first day of school including this addendum that is more directly related to COVID-19 and social distancing.
Due to the very difficult circumstances of our re-opening, there will be no tolerance for cell phones in school. Upon entering school, students will need to turn their cell phones off and place them safely in their backpack (however, we prefer they leave them home completely). Faculty and staff will confiscate cell phones from students who do not comply with this policy. In-person school will be a complex process and we cannot have student cell phones adding another variable.
Code of Conduct
The Jordan-Elbridge Central School District Board of Education has adopted a code of conduct for students and all those who are present on school district property. The code of conduct is intended to promote behavior that is safe, orderly, respectful, trustworthy and civil.
The code of conduct explains in detail the behavioral expectations for its students. It also describes the range of permissible school responses to student violations of the code. The code of conduct also addresses the requirements of the Dignity for All Students Act which prohibits discrimination, intimidation, taunting and harassment of students on school property, on a school bus, or at school functions, with respect to their actual or perceived race, gender, sexual orientation, color, weight, national origin, sex, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, and disability.
The entire code of conduct can be found at:
More detailed information about DASA and the bullying complaint form can be found at:
Mission, Vision, and Values
To cultivate the BEST in personal growth and achievement
Providing the BEST in educational opportunities by…
- Sustaining a culture that supports the intellectual and developmental needs of all
- Being committed to excellence in education and exceeding expectations
- Building a safe, dynamic learning environment where all are valued and respected
- Expanding our home-school-community partnerships
- Operating in a fiscally responsible manner
JE EAGLES are…
Just and caring
Excellent in all that they do
Ethical in their behaviors
Accepting of all
Examiners of why and how
My role as a student is…………………………..
My goals for the school year are…………………
Quarter 1: I worked to meet my goals by………………….
Quarter 2: I worked to meet my goals by………………….
Quarter 3: I worked to meet my goals by………………….
Quarter 4: I am proud that………………….
SPEED DIAL (all numbers begin with a "315" area code)
Middle School 689-8520
High School 689-8510
Elbridge Elementary 689-8540
District Office 689-8500
Special Programs 689-8500 x5041
Transportation 689-8500 x5601 and x5602
Lost and Found
Part I – Student Services
Because a school is a place of learning and because the district is charged with maintaining the safety of all students and staff, the following rules are enforced:
1. Any person who is not a regular student or staff member is considered a visitor.
2. Visitors are welcome to attend all school functions that are open to the public.
All visitors must report to the main office upon entering the building. All visitors are required to sign-in and wear an identification badge. Before leaving the building, all visitors must return to the main office and sign-out.
Parents or community members who wish to observe a class while school is in session are required to arrange such a visit in an advance with the building principal.
5. All visitors are expected to abide by the rules for public conduct on school property as detailed in the district’s code of conduct.
6. Any unauthorized person on school property will be reported to the principal or his/her designee.
7. Unauthorized persons will be asked to leave and law enforcement may be called as warranted.
AM PARENT TRANSPORT
There is no supervision prior to 7:20am. Parents are asked to drop students off behind the bus garage. Please do not use the bus circle for student drop off.
PM PARENT TRANSPORT
Students will be dismissed at 2:35pm. Students should be picked up behind the bus garage.
Students who chose to ride their bikes to school are asked to:
• Place their bike in the rack located next to the bus garage.
• Walk their bicycles once on school grounds.
Skateboarding is not permitted on school grounds. Any student who brings a skateboard to school will be asked to leave his/her board in the main office until dismissal.
A locker will be assigned to each student. Lockers should be kept neat and orderly. Students are not to bring items of value to school to be stored in their locker. It is important for students to keep their locker combination private. The District will not be responsible for lost or stolen articles. The building principal or his or her designee may inspect lockers at anytime.
Regular school attendance is directly linked to academic success. After being absent from school, students are to give their written excuse to their homeroom teacher. If your child is going to be absent from school, you are welcome to notify the Health Office at 689-8520, extension 2011.
Students who enter the school building after 7:30am are required to report directly to the health office to sign in and to secure a pass to their assigned class.
If your child needs to leave prior to the end of the school day, we ask that you provide a note and that your child give the note to his/her homeroom teacher. Upon arriving to pick up your child, parents are asked to report to the main office to sign-out their child. Please know that as a safety precaution you may be asked to show a form of identification. Note: Students can be released only to a parent or the individuals listed on the child’s Schooltool contact/pick-up list. In order to enforce custody agreements, the school must be given a copy of the court order containing the judge’s signature.
Notification of school closings or delays will be broadcast on several Syracuse TV stations as well as on radio stations WSYR, WHEN, WSEN, and WYYY. On your child’s emergency card, you will be asked to provide a location.
Parents are required to submit a request for transportation each school year. If you are going to self-transport your child, the transportation office needs to receive written notice so that they can keep this information on file. So as to avoid overcrowding on the buses, district personnel can only honor written requests to change a student’s drop-off or pick-up location if the request is due to a permanent change in daycare arrangement. Should you have any questions regarding busing, please contact the Transportation Department at 689-8500 extension 5601 and 5602.
Each student will be given a free and reduced lunch form to bring home the first week of school. In order to be considered for eligibility, a family must submit a new form each school year. Each student will have a pin number which they will type in on a key pad near the cashier whenever making a purchase. Students who carry a large overdue balance on their meal account may be subject to having their purchasing privileges suspended until their account is brought into good standing. Parents may view their children’s purchases and put money on their account by visiting the website: www.myschoolbucks.com. Any questions regarding food services should be directed to the Food Service Director at 689-8500, extension 5701
(Located in the hallway to the left of the lobby doors) The school nurse provides basic first aid, conducts height, weight, vision and hearing assessments, maintains student health records, and serves as a liaison between home and school. The school nurse does not diagnose any medical conditions as this is the responsibility of your family doctor. New York State Education Law does not permit school nurses to dispense any internal medication, including aspirin, unless the following conditions are met:
A written order from a physician indicating the medication, dosage and duration of order is provided. Written parental permission for the administration of the medication is provided. A supply of medication with a label that contains the student’s name, type of medication, doctor’s name, time(s) to be given, and dosage is provided.
The school nurse is required to maintain a file of each child’s immunizations. The school nurse will contact the parent or guardian of any student who is lacking a required immunization. By New York State Education Law, any failure to comply, within 30 days from notification, will result in a student’s immediate suspension from school until said requirement is met.
Notes: *Medicine cannot be transported back and forth by students via the school bus.*Physical education is required for all students. In order for a student to be excused from PE class, the school nurse must be provided a written release from a physician.
Students must bring texts and materials to study hall. Each student is expected to recognize the purpose of study hall and to respect the rights and needs of others. It is recommended that students use this time to develop good study habits and to maintain high academic standards.
Students are encouraged to use the library to do independent research, view library materials, and engage in leisure reading and/or to study.
Reference and reserved materials, including current magazine issues, are to be viewed in the library only. However, overnight borrowing of these materials may be arranged with the librarian.
Books may be borrowed for three weeks and renewed once.
Failure to return materials may result in the loss of library privileges. Students, who lose, misplace or damage library materials must make a monetary reimbursement to the school. The librarian shall determine the fee according to replacement costs.
The purpose of the guidance department is to help students meet with success in school. The guidance counselor will help students learn more about themselves, their interests, and their special abilities.The guidance counselor is available to assist with both educational and personal problems.
In accordance with district policy, each teacher sets his or her own grading procedures. This policy is designed to allow for differences among teachers, courses, and activities. During the initial six-day cycle of classes, all teachers will provide a written description of their grading practices to each student. Additionally, during the first week of school, all teachers will announce their homework policy. The numerical marking system is to be used by all instructors. A grade of 65 or above will be considered passing. In the case where a student cannot be given a grade because not all class or test work has been completed, a grade of incomplete will be assigned. Report cards are issued following the close of each marking period and those dates are listed on the district calendar.
The required cumulative average for high honor roll is 90-100% and the required academic average for honor roll is 85- 89%. Honor roll eligibility is computed by using the five core area classes only (Spanish, ELA, science, social studies, and math).
JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY
In the spring of a student’s 7th grade year, he or she may begin the process of applying for acceptance to the Junior Honor Society. In order to be eligible students must have a “clean” discipline record Students who meet the eligibility criteria will be required to fill out an application to provide information about his or her character, leadership, and community service. Applicants must also complete a community service plan. Students who are interested in being a member of the Junior Honor Society should make an extra effort to lead, be a member in school activities, clubs, and community organizations, and perform volunteer work.
A student’s failure to be promoted to the next grade level is a multi-faceted decision. Factors for consideration include the child’s age, physical size, academic history, current academic transcript, and emotional maturity. All relevant parties would have input to such a decision, including the student, the student’s parents, teachers, guidance counselor and the building principal.
ACCELERATION POLICY FOR 8TH GRADERS
The District will provide an opportunity for 8th grade students to be accelerated in Living Environment. Screening of students for possible placement in this program will take place at the end of the 7th grade year. Students will be able to enroll in Living Environment upon the recommendation of their teacher and parent agreement.
Students may enroll in Algebra I. Students who enroll in Algebra I must also enroll in 8th grade math. Successful completion of the course and the Regents exam will result in the student receiving one high school credit.
A parent/guardian must give permission for a student to participate. All parties need to know that acceleration is difficult and will include mandatory attendance at scheduled review classes.
Part II: Student Behavior and Discipline
This section of the handbook outlines specific expectations for student behavior at the Jordan Elbridge Middle School facility. Additionally, the District’s Code of Conduct is available for review on the district’s website. All students, staff and community members are subject to the code of conduct when on school grounds or at school functions.
A student shall not act in such a manner which disrupts the rights of others or which causes disorder or infringes on the rights of others. A school is a place of learning and it is important for all members of the school community to act in a manner considerate of the rights and feelings of others. Students learn from each other. Older students need to be conscious that younger students are often impressionable. Students are expected to show respect for faculty and other members of the school community. A relationship based upon respect creates a harmonious environment. For the educational process to proceed in an orderly fashion, certain minimum standards of behavior must be required of all students.
All district students have the responsibility to:
- Contribute to maintaining a safe and orderly school environment that is conducive to learning and to show respect to other persons and to property.
- Be familiar with and abide by all district policies, rules and regulations dealing with student conduct.
- Attend school every day unless they are legally excused.
- Be on time and prepared to learn.
- Work to the best of their ability in all academic and extracurricular pursuits and strive toward the highest levels of achievement.
- Conduct themselves as representatives of the district when participating in or attending school-sponsored extracurricular events and to hold themselves to the highest standards of conduct, demeanor, and sportsmanship.
- React to direction given by teachers, administrators and other personnel in a respectful manner.
- Work to develop mechanisms to control their anger.
- Ask questions when they do not understand.
- Seek help in solving problems.
- Dress appropriately for school and school functions.
- Accept responsibility for their actions.
All parents are asked to:
- Recognize that the education of their child is a joint responsibility.
- Ensure that their child attends school regularly and on time.
- Insist that their child be dressed and groomed in a manner consistent with the student dress code.
- Help their child to understand that in a democratic society appropriate rules are required to maintain a safe, orderly environment.
- Know the school rules and help their child understand them.
- Convey to their child a supportive attitude toward education.
- Build good relationships with all school staff.
- Help their child deal with peer pressure.
- Inform school officials of changes in the home situation that may affect student conduct or performance.
- Provide a place for their child to study and complete homework assignments.
Students are not to use their cell phones during the instructional day unless granted permission by their teacher. Students who bring cell phones to school are required to turn them off and store them in their lockers. The school cannot be responsible for electronics including cell phones, I-pads, I-pods, or other computer devices.
It is recommended that students not bring any electronic equipment or games to school including radios, MP3 players, IPODs, electronic card games, chess games, CD players, lap top computers, walkmans, and cameras. Note: The district is not responsible for damage or loss to any personal property or electronic devices.
Any student removed from a class for being disruptive will be placed on detention that evening. The detention will be served with the referring teacher. Detention will be held M, T, TR, and F from 2:35 to 3:15. Students will then ride the elementary bus home. We will do our best to notify parents that students have detention. Students in grades 6-8 will be expected to stay regardless of parent contact unless a parent has made other arrangements with the principal or teacher.
Students are required to attend all classes and study halls. Students who fail to attend classes and study halls will be subject to the following policy: First Offense: Teacher shall notify the principal and the child’s parents. The student shall face disciplinary action. Subsequent Offenses: Student will receive an in-school suspension and a parent conference may be required.
IN SCHOOL SUSPENSION
In the event that a student is placed on in-school suspension, he or she will be supervised by an adult in a room where the student will be asked to complete class work and any related homework A student serving an in-school suspension will not be permitted to attend classes nor will he or she be able to participate in or attend any school activities during the period of the in-school suspension.
OUT OF SCHOOL SUSPENSION
In the event that a student is suspended from school, he/she may not attend classes, participate in school functions, or attend any school-related activities. Upon returning to school, the student and his/her parent will be asked to have a conference with a building administrator. Note: A suspended student may be required to make up all class work, homework and/or tests given during the student’s suspension.
Students are expected to be clean and neat in personal appearance and clothing when they attend school. Hats will not be worn in the school building. Additionally, a student’s dress, grooming and appearance, including hair style/color, jewelry, make-up and nails, shall:
1. Be safe, appropriate and not disrupt or interfere with the educational process.
2. Recognize that extremely brief garments such as tube tops, net tops, halter tops, spaghetti straps, plunging necklines (front and/or back) and see-through garments are not appropriate.
3. Ensure that underwear is completely covered with other clothing.
4. Include footwear at all times.
5. Not include items that are vulgar, obscene, libelous or derogatory to others on account of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability.
6. Not promote and/or endorse the use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs and/or encourage other illegal or violent activities.
7. When standing, with arms at one’s side, a student’s shorts or skirt should reach the tip of their longest finger to be considered appropriate.
8. Shirts, pants, shorts and skirts should provide enough coverage that no part of an undergarment is visible.
9. Clothing should not have or make reference to violence, guns, weapons, profanity, alcohol, drugs, tobacco products, or make offensive statements about religion or gender.
When a clothing item is in question, wear something else. Students who violate the dress code shall be required to modify their appearance by covering or removing the offending item and, if necessary or practical, replacing it with an acceptable item. Any student who refuses to do so shall be subject to discipline up to and including in-school suspension for the day. Any student who repeatedly fails to comply with the dress code shall be subject to further discipline up to and including out-of-school suspension.
Bus safety is the responsibility of all persons on the school bus. The bus driver is in charge of the bus and responsible for your safety. Help your bus driver to keep your bus neat and do your part to make his/her driving safe. Students must follow all rules that are posted on the school bus.
1. Be on time at the scheduled stop or when going home at the close of the school day.
2. Wait until the bus comes to a full stop before attempting to get on or off. When waiting for the bus, be sure to stand at least 3 feet back from the edge of the pavement until the bus comes to a full stop.
3. Wait for the driver’s hand signal before crossing the road or street and cross at least 10 feet in front of the bus.
4. Leave no books, lunches, papers or other articles on the bus. Also, do not bring water guns, sharp objects, or any large items on the bus.
5. Refrain from talking to the driver while the bus is moving.
6. Be courteous and responsible at all times.
PAYMENT FOR TEXT BOOKS
Students are required to pay for textbooks that are lost, stolen, or damaged.
Dances are not open to the public.Only students enrolled at the Jordan Elbridge Middle School are allowed to attend. Students are to stay in the building for the length of the dance. No alcoholic beverages, controlled substances or tobacco products will be allowed in the school building or on school grounds. Students engaged in behavior that is inappropriate for a public place will be asked to immediately stop. If the student refuses, he or she will be directed to leave school property. Any student involved in or encouraging a fight, damaging property or infringing on the rights of others will be dealt with in accordance with District’s Code of Conduct and may be subject to prosecution. Students must meet the same standards of dress as those for the regular school day. Anyone who does not will be directed to leave school property. No pupils are to be in the parking area, in cars or out, except as they are entering or leaving school grounds. Chaperones will check the parking areas periodically. Pupils loitering in these areas will be directed to leave the school grounds immediately. Students who violate any of these rules will be suspended from attending dances for the remainder of the school year, as well as face additional disciplinary action as warranted.
The purpose of the Student Council is to promote school spirit and school pride. The Student Council officers and individual class officers are elected in the fall of each year.
7-12 ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
Please refer to the Athletic Policy on the JECSD website.
STUDENT ATENDANCE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
On the day of extra-curricular events, practice or competition, students must attend a minimum of 50% of their assigned classes to be considered eligible to participate. The only exceptions to this rule will be an absence due to a medical appointment or a death in the family. In all cases, the parent/guardian must communicate the reason to the Athletic Director, Band Leader or school administrator prior to the absence. A non–excused absence shall constitute automatic ineligibility for the remainder of the day. Attendance on the last day of the week shall determine eligibility for the weekend.