3 Make sure that you understand your school’s rules and that you know where to go for help. School calendar Every school has a calendar that shows when each grading period begins and ends, and when their school will be closed for holidays and vacations. School calendars also show when open houses, tests, and conferences are scheduled. Get a copy of your school’s calendar and write all of the important dates in your student planner. Share these dates with your parent(s), and make sure they’re put on your calendar at home. Attendance and tardy policies There are specific things that you need to do if you’re ever late or absent. Find out what these are. u Does a parent need to call the school? u Do you need to have a note from a parent or doctor? u If you’re late, do you need to report to the office first? Know the answers to these questions before you’re absent or tardy. You are expected to be in school every day, unless you are ill. You are also expected to be on time each day. If you have a medical condition or ill- ness that’s going to cause you to miss a lot of school, have a parent call the office and explain the situation. If you’re absent for more than a day or two, try to get some work to do at home. If your teachers post assignments online, then it should be easy to find out what you need to do. If they don’t, contact classmates to find out what you’ve missed, or have a parent call the office to see if it’s possible to get your assignments. Step Know Your School 1