3 The topics in this section are often discussed in school handbooks and on school websites. If your school has a handbook in print or online, read through it carefully. For news and updates, regularly visit your school’s website. School Calendar Every school has a calendar showing when grading periods begin and end, when your school will be closed for holidays and vacations, and when parent- teacher conferences are scheduled. Many school calendars also include dates for testing, parent meetings, performances, and special events. Be sure to write the important dates on your calendar at home. Attendance Policies Schoolshaveattendancepoliciesthatencourage regular attendance, while allowing students to be absent if they’re ill. If your child is going to be absent for more than a couple of days and his/her teachers do not post assignments online, see if your school has a procedure for getting assignments. Whenever possible, try to get some work that can be done at home so that your child doesn’t get too far behind. If your child has an extended illness or chronic health problem, get docu- mentation from your child’s physician and give it to the principal. School Rules / Code of Conduct In order to provide students with a safe environment that encourages learning, schools need to have rules regarding student conduct and be- havior. The consequences for not following the rules can range anywhere from detention to expulsion. The severity of the consequence generally depends on the seriousness of the offense and the past history of the student involved. While rules vary from school to school, no school will allow weapons, smoking, alcohol, drugs, intimidation, or harassment. Be Informed