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7905 Pleasant Grove Road
Charlotte, NC 28216
Courier #: 462
P: 980-343-6948  |  F: 980-343-6954 
Principal: Erica Gipson
LC: Northwest
Bell Schedule: 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Grades: PreK-8
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Attendance Policy

Mountain Island Lake Academy Attendance Policy


To report your child's absence and specific reason for the absence please email or parent square Mrs. Cleaton (

  • Regular attendance and being on time are extremely important throughout the entire school year.
  • Frequent absences or tardies will greatly interfere with your child's learning.
  • Students are expected to be in school except in the event of an emergency or for reasons explained below.

Excused Absences

  • CMS Approved Religious Holidays
  • Court or Administrative Proceedings
  • Death in the Immediate Family
  • Doctor/Dentist Appointment
  • Personal Illness or Injury:  specific illness or injury must be communicated

Parents cannot call in an absence for a student.
A written note or email must be sent to the school in order for the absence to be excused.
 All absences are unexcused until a note is received by the Attendance Office. 

Unexcused Absences

  • No written or emailed note received by the Attendance Office
  • Inclement weather
  • Car trouble
  • Missing the bus
  • Oversleeping


  • Parents are required to sign a tardy student in at the Front Office
  • Tardies are unexcused except for the following reasons:
    • Doctor/Dentist Appointment
    • Court or Administrative Proceedings

Reporting an Absence by Note

  • When a student returns to school after an absence, a note must be brought to school
  • The note must be signed by the parent/guardian
  • The reason for absence must be on the note
  • The student's first and last name must be on the note
  • The note must be turned into the Attendance Office (Mrs. Cleaton)

Reporting an Absence by Email

  • Use the link at the top of the page to report your child's absence
  • The reason for absence must be on the email
  • The student's first and last name must be on the email

Reporting an Absence by Fax

  • A note can be faxed to (980) 343-6954, attention Mrs. Cleaton.
  • All guidelines for the note must be followed (see above)

Early Dismissals

Routine appointments should be scheduled before or after school hours.  If a student must leave the school during the day for an appointment, a note should be sent to the teacher.  A phone call will not be acceptable for changes in transportation.  For your child’s protection, a student WILL NOT be permitted to leave school before the regular dismissal time of 3:30 p.m., unless a note has been received.
The note should include:
1.      name of student
2.      date
3.      reason for early dismissal
4.      time of early dismissal
5.      name of person picking up child
6.      Teacher’s name
 It is necessary for the parent or guardian to sign the child’s name and his/her name on the sign in/sign out sheet provided in the office for early dismissals. Parents will not be permitted to pick up students from the classroom.  Students will be called to the office once parent has signed out the child. 
In order to avoid confusion and disruption of school dismissal, early dismissal will end at 3:00 p.m.  After 3:00 p.m., early dismissal will not be allowed.  This is for safety purposes.  Parents will have to follow normal dismissal procedures by waiting in the car rider lane.  No parents should come to the front door to pick up a child at dismissal.  Please stay in your car!
*If your child rides an after school day care van, the Day Care Center should be called when your child leaves school early.

 If you have any questions, please email our Attendance Office.

P.O. Box 30035
Charlotte, NC 28230-0035
Phone: 980-343-3000
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