Forms and Documents

Below is a list of all public documents and forms posted to this website.

Attendance policy and planned absence:

Application for Admission

Anonymous Bullying Report

Student Planned Absence Form



The Arlyn School relies on consistent student attendance to effectively treat each student’s needs. Academic, social and emotional skills are taught and reinforced daily. Regular student participation increases the opportunity for students’ success, both currently and in the future. Below are attendance guidelines to help the students and parents clearly understand the expectations and guide the treatment team on an individual basis.

Arlyn School believes that classroom attendance and participation is related to and affects a student’s performance and grasp of the subject matter and, as such, is reflected in a student’s daily, marking period, and final grade. Consistent with the importance of classroom attendance, unexcused absences, excessive absences, excessive sensory breaks from the classroom, and truancy will affect a student’s grade for the day, marking period, and/or course. Students who exhibit excessive absence patterns will be referred for therapeutic intervention and/or alternative services in their local districts and counties.

The Arlyn School Office has an automated voice mail system that operates 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Parents should call 847-256-7117 when reporting an absence and provide the student name and reason for the absence. Absences should be reported by 7:45 a.m. If a student attends class(es) at another location (e.g. local public school or work experience training site), the absence must also be called into the other location. If a call is not received by the end of the school day, the absences will be classified Unexcused.

When a student misses five (5) days during a semester, a conference/consultation will be scheduled with the student, parents, collateral(s)/private practitioner(s), case management team, and school officials to assess the reasons for absence, review academic and therapeutic expectations and develop an appropriate intervention plan.

A student should not exceed a maximum of six (6) unexcused absences per class per semester. Once a student has exceeded 6 unexcused absences in any class, the student’s grade for that class becomes “No Credit” (NC). While the student will not be dropped from class, s/he is required to attend class and complete all assigned work. If s/he does not complete the assigned work, s/he will be issued a Failing Grade (F) at the end of the semester on his/her transcript. (See Credit Recovery A-1)

1. Excused Absence

With proper documentation and valid absence reporting by a parent/guardian, a student’s absence will not count toward the 6-absence maximum per class per semester for the following reasons:

  • Personal illness or other physical disablement

    • A note from the student’s treating health care provider will be required for readmission to school when absent for 3 or more consecutive days, for contagious illness, and/or for a medical condition that requires quarantine, e.g. strep throat, conjunctivitis, head lice, etc.

    • Health care provider’s notes pertaining to a student’s physical disability should include the doctor’s expectations of the school, e.g., excuse from P.E., any accommodations the student may need, etc.

  • Death in the family

  • Family emergency

  • Observance of religious holidays

  • Court appearance

  • College visit

  • Certain planned absence for extenuating circumstances that must be approved by the Educational Director

  • Unavoidable medical-related appointments

  • Visitation with student’s parent/guardian who is on leave from active duty in the military

  • Mental health days: Students may utilize up to five (5) excused absences per school year from school without the need for a doctor’s note. As with other absences, students must make up any missed work from their absence. After the second mental health day is used, a team meeting may be convened.

All absences must be verified with proper documentation by a parent/guardian within 30 days of the student’s return to school in order to avoid being counted toward the six (6) absence maximum that will lead to an ‘NC.’ All documentation should be submitted to the main office. If proper documentation is not provided within 30 days, the absences will count toward ‘NC.’

Students are entitled to make up work after any excused absences and are expected to take the initiative to ask teachers for missed assignments. A student will be given the number of days s/he was absent plus one (X+1), to make up the missed work, quizzes and/or tests. The X+1 Policy does not apply to long standing assignments. For example, if a research paper was assigned and the student was absent on the date it was due, s/he will be required to present the paper upon return to class. Students are not evaluated for an excused absence and the absence does not influence their weekly point percentage.