Skip-A-Final Requirements & FAQ’s
1. Students are allowed no more than 2 absences per class
2. Students are allowed to have one tardy per class.
3. Students who miss any part of a day of school where at least 35% of their grade level is absent for any part of the day, without a doctor's note, will automatically be disqualified from the Skip-A-Final Program.
NOTE: All tardies count against Skip-A-Final, including excused tardies. Missing lunch also counts against Skip-A-Final.
DEFINITIONS (Visit Student Services with Questions)
Not present in class for the first 20 minutes of 1st period or leaving more than 10 minutes early
Not present (coming late or leaving early) in class for ANY amount more than 10 minutes (2nd, 3rdand 4th)
Arriving to class within the first 20 minutes of 1st period
Arriving to class within 10 minutes of the start time (2nd, 3rd,and 4th) or leaving within last 10 minutes
The following lists of absences are the only absences that will be excused and not counted against the program criteria:
1. Required school functions, i.e., field trips
2. The death of an immediate family member (mother, father, sibling, grandparents)
3. Recognized religious holidays as noted in Pathways or see an Assistant Principal in Student Services for pre-approval for recognized holidays as noted.
4. SRT time - Students are encouraged to make appointments during this time to avoid missing class time.
5. A senior who can provide documentation from a university or scholarship-granting institution, showing a required visit to their facility in order to gain entrance into a program or to qualify for a scholarship, may be eligible for the absence to be exempt from skip-a-final. Students MUST get pre-approval for the absence from the Attendance Office Assistant Principal prior to the absence.
Students must have no 9-week grade less than a C- for ANY class during the semester (Any form of a D or F for any 9-week period will disqualify student for the second semester skip-a-final, including grades for classes that have been dropped). No grade changes accepted. Grades must be above a C- at the time of checking.
If a student meets the criteria, fills out the application but then allows a grade to fall below a C- before exams are taken, or is absent more than 2 times in one class, the student may be disqualified from the program.
In-school suspensions (all day or out of class), and out-of-school suspensions (including Saturday School), or a Saturday Detention, automatically disqualify students from the program.
1. Students who meet the requirements of the program will be allowed to choose one final exam to skip. (Students will need to determine if the staff member is participating in the program before choosing to skip their final)
2. Seniors who meet the requirements will be allowed to skip all of their finals at the end of the graduating semester. (Some classes may require a final exam for graduating seniors.)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
Q – Does my attendance in all of my classes count or just the class where I want to skip the final?
A – Attendance in all classes counts. If you miss more than 2 periods, plus a partial period in any period, you will be disqualified.
Q –Does a half period count against skip-a-final?
A – A half period counts like a whole period. The first 20 minutes of 1st period, 10 minutes at the beginning of all other periods, and 10 minutes at the end of each period count as partial periods.
Q – Is there a limit to the number of times you can miss 10 minutes in a class?
A – You are only allowed one partial period per class. All others count as whole periods.
Q – Why does a D in a dropped class or weighted class count against skip-a-final?
A – Since part of the skip-a-final program is to encourage working to keep grades above a D, any D will disqualify a student.
Q – I won’t get my final grade until my teacher grades a test. That should bring it above a D. Can I wait to turn my form in?
A – No. Grades are considered final when the teacher signs the form. There are no exceptions on the due date. Unless the grade drops to a D.
Q – I can’t find my teacher to sign the form. What do I do?
A – First, start early getting the form filled out so you have time to catch all of your teachers. If a teacher is absent for several days, you can ask the department head to sign the form.
Q – My teacher won’t let me skip the final; can I skip a different one?
A – Ask your teacher if they will allow you to skip-a-final before you fill out the form. Only in extreme cases will you be allowed to change the final you are skipping after the form has been turned in.
Q – I didn’t think a college visit counted against skip-a-final. What about an official visit or audition?
A – College visits count as personal days and do count against skip-a-final. However, any senior who can provide documentation from a university or scholarship granting institution showing a required visit to their facility in order to gain entrance into a program or to qualify for a scholarship, may be eligible for the absence to be exempt from skip-a-final. Students must get approval for the absence from the attendance office assistant principal prior to the absence.
Q - I had no choice in scheduling a surgery and have a doctor’s note. Does that still count?
A – Yes. The skip-a-final program is all about encouraging students to be in school. While we understand some absences cannot be avoided, it does still count against skip-a-final.
Q – Do tardies count?
A – Yes, please see Attendance Guidelines and Definition of a tardy.
Q – Why does lunch count?
A – With the volume of skip-a-final applications, it would be too cumbersome to check each student’s lunch schedule.