Attention Mercy Parents and Students:
Mercy has welcomed Laura (Merritt, class of 1998) Everett as Attendance Officer on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Sr. Marianne Bennett will continue on Tuesday and Thursday.
When calling the Attendance Office, please spell your daughter’s last name, give your name and the phone number where you can be reached. Also, state the reason your daughter is absent, tardy, or needs to leave early.
As we approach the typical “vacation” months, I would like to remind you of Mercy’s policy for long-term absences (2 or more days). This policy is for vacations as well as absences due to college visits, performances, planned medical procedures, athletic trips and any other non-Mercy related absences.
Since sufficient vacation time is provided in the school calendar, additional vacation time is not condoned. If special circumstances require a student’s absence not coinciding with school vacations, parents should contact the Dean of Student Affairs in writing at least two weeks before such anticipated long-term absence. The Dean of Student Affairs will make a copy of this note, sign it and have the student circulate it among all of her teachers, her counselor and her adviser for their signatures. This note is then returned to the Dean of Student Affairs. The collected signatures on the note indicate acknowledgment of the upcoming absence, not permission for it. Teachers are not expected to provide special tutoring or make-up work and are not obligated to re-teach material missed due to these absences.
Recently there has been a deluge of parent/guardian calls for early dismissals. If your student is not leaving early for an appointment that could not be made at another time, she should stay in school until school dismisses. Leaving after your last class is a Senior Privilege and should be reserved for seniors. I ask that you take this into consideration before calling your students out for early dismissals.
Please contact the Attendance Office or Mrs. Tarplin with any questions.