Attendance Policies and Procedures

Students are responsible for missed work and time missed in Academy classes due to all absences, including absences for illness, doctor appointments, family obligations, AND those for base school AP/SOL testing, base school assemblies and meetings or bell-schedule changes at the base school that cause a student to miss their Academy class. 

  • A Student's Absence must always be reported to both the student's base high school and to Edison Academy 
  • Base Schools will not report a student's absence(s) to the Academy. 

Absences Are Defined As: 

  • Failure to attend class 
  • Tardiness of 20 minutes or more

Early check-out, where student will miss some or all of their academy class  

More on reporting absences: 

  • Absences known ahead of time (college visits, field trips, family travel) require a Pre-Arranged Absence Form. This form is available in the Academy Office and at base high schools. The form should be submitted 2 days before the student's planned absence. 
  • To report unexpected absences, please use the link provided in ParentVUE (new for 2024-2025) or call the Edison Academy Office 24 Hour Attendance Line, 703-924-8137, or email us at @email to report the absence. Handwritten notes from parents delivered by students are not encouraged as a method of reporting absences. 
  • Unexpected absences should be reported no later than the day of the absence.  Absences not reported within 3 days of the student missing their Academy class, may not be accepted or marked as unexcused.
  • Early Check-out from the Academy (including for student illness) - The parent/legal guardian must call or email Edison Academy Attendance, giving the time and the reason for the student's early departure. Students must always sign out in the Academy office before leaving school grounds for early check-out from the Academy.  Leaving school grounds without checking out will result in an unexcused absence in the class(es) missed. Please allow 15 minutes' notice before the student's check-out time.   

The Academy determines if student absences are excused or unexcused. We highly encourage students to attend their Academy class as scheduled and miss only when necessary.  

Note: We must hear from a parent/guardian about student absences.  We do not accept notices from students.

When reporting an absence, all of the following must be included: 

  • Student School ID Number (very important) 
  • Student first name and last name (and middle name if applicable)
  • Date(s) of Absence 
  • Grade Level 
  • Course(s) student is missing at Edison Academy 
  • Name of Base High School
  • Parent/Guardian name (first and last)
  • Parent/Guardian Daytime telephone or mobile (cell) phone number
  • Parent/Guardian Email address ( if applicable) 
  • Reason for absence 

E-Notify Calls go out mid-morning and evening to the telephone number provided to the Academy in our Student Information System (SIS). This call is to make parent/guardians aware of unverified and unexcused absences.