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DHS Attendance Procedures

Please refer to the Student Handbook and the Student & Family Success Guide for a complete description of the attendance policy.  The following are procedures for notification of absences:


Information requested - Your student's name(s), specific class period(s), time of arrival/departure, and date.

Please call within 24 hours of the absence, or it will remain unexcused.  Absences may not be excused after the fact.  To excuse for Tardy, Absence, Early Release, the order of communication preference is:

1. Email dhsattendance@durangoschools.org
2. Voicemail 259-1630 x.2312 (use x.2313 if voice mailbox is full)
3. Signed note delivered to Front Office; request provider/doctor's office note to excuse for medical/other appointments.
4. PARENT sign-out sheet at Front Office.


"Blue Slip" (Permit to Leave DHS Campus) - To minimize classroom interruptions and parent wait time, please email/call/send note to the Front Office the morning of the appointment/early release.  We will give your student a Blue Slip that they show their teacher and be allowed to leave at your designated time.

DHS Pre-Arranged Absence Form (for 3 or more absences) must be submitted 5 DAYS BEFORE the absence and signed by all teachers with current % grades.  It is for absences not excusable by Colorado law including college visits and non-DHS academic/sporting activities.  Download PDF form here; copies are also available at the Front Office.


  • If your student becomes ill during the school day, they may visit the nurse’s office. The school nurse will determine if the student needs to go home and will make arrangements with the parents.
  • Excusable absences versus Unexcused absences
  • Athletics/Activities early release - If the release time is during a class period, students must attend their class to check in with their teacher and NOT skip class altogether.
  • Please see the Student Handbook (below) about absences during Final Exams.
  • Seniors must attend at least 85% of classes to be eligible for participating in the Graduation ceremony; see DHS Student Handbook (below).