Attendance

  • Being at school is a student's job and they are expected to be in all classes, making daily attendance a top priority. In order for the City High School staff to do the best possible job of educating our students, students must be in regular attendance. A successful educational program requires the cooperation of the parents, the student and the school staff. It is very difficult to educate a student who is not regularly present.

    By Iowa law, a child who is under sixteen years old by September 15 must attend school. Parents, legal guardians or custodians of a child are responsible for the child to attend school during the school year.

    It is the district's hope that parents/guardians will support and encourage good attendance. We encourage parents/guardians to help by scheduling appointments, vacations, outings, etc. outside the school day whenever possible and to consider the impact of participating in multiple activities that may require numerous school absences due to competition or major travel.

    The administration at City High School believes the best learning opportunity for a student is classroom interaction with teachers and other students. Only through consistent attendance and class participation do students achieve the full benefits of the educational program. When a student misses school, regardless of the reason, valuable experiences have been missed.

    Good attendance:

    • helps students of all ages learn the value of attendance and punctuality.
    • helps students in the maturation process as they learn responsibility for their actions.
    • helps students learn to be good citizens by participating in the school community.
    • helps students develop positive social skills.
    • affects the student's behavior, attitude, learning, and overall school success.

    The City High School Attendance Office is open from 8:00AM to 4:30PM daily 

    Please contact the office at by emailing Attendance Secretary, Renée Tonning, tonning.renee@iowacityschools.org, or calling the office at 319-688-1041. Voicemail is available 24/7. Parents can check on their student’s attendance by accessing PowerSchool at any time.