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Attendance

Attendance Line: (602) 449-6801

Parents and guardians must report all student absences within 24 hours.

DSMS Attendance Policy

Regular attendance is essential to a student’s academic success, social and personal development.

Tardies and absences prevent a student excelling in school, because many classroom activities and discussions cannot be recreated or made up. Therefore, students should only remain out of school when absolutely necessary.  

If your student will be absent, a parent/guardian must contact the school to report the absence within the 24 hours. Absences not excused are then considered Unexcused or Truant. When absences become excessive, the school has an obligation to determine the cause. If a student approaches nine absences in a semester, a doctor’s note may be required to excuse additional absences. If five absences are accrued that are not excused by school officials, both the student and parent/guardian may be cited and required to attend a hearing with an officer from the Maricopa County Juvenile Court Center.

Tardies

Students are expected to be in their classrooms when the bell rings in every class.  At the beginning of first period, students arriving after the first bell are considered tardy, and must report to the front office to sign the Tardy Attendance Sheet and get a pass to class.  

If your student is arriving late due to medical appointments or unavoidable circumstances, a parent/guardian must notify the school office or come into the office to sign in the student to class.

Any student that arrives to school after 20 minutes of class will be counted as an absence, and a parent must call or come into the office to sign in the student.

Absence Reporting

To report an absence, you may call the 24-hour messaging system at (602) 449-6801. During school time, you may call the office at (602) 449-6800 prior to 9:00 a.m. After this time, the Dialer system will automatically call you to report your child's unexcused absent in school that day.

Absences not excused during the day will be considered Unexcused or Truant.

Chronic Illness

Frequent absences resulting from a medical certified chronic condition must be coordinated through our school nurse. Parents who feel their child is eligible under this consideration must contact the nurse to begin the process of Chronic Illness Certification.  

Leaving School During the Day

It is encouraged to keep students in school during the full day instruction time. However, it may be necessary for parents to check their children out of school. This must be done in person with a photo ID at the office. Students are not permitted to leave the school grounds without the company of a parent/guardian and must have administrative approval. Only persons listed on the emergency card will be permitted to check the students out of school.

Custody Issues

It is the responsibility of the parents to notify the school office providing complete legal documentation of any legal changes that would affect a parent’s ability to check a student out of school.

Daily Bell Schedule 

PERIOD 1: 8:00-8:51 a.m.

PERIOD 2: 8:55-9:43 a.m.

PERIOD 3: 9:47-10:35 a.m.

PERIOD 4: 10:39-11:33 a.m.

PERIOD 5: 11:33 a.m.-12:03 p.m. (7TH LUNCH)

PERIOD 6: 12:07-12:55 p.m. (7th CLASS)

PERIOD 5: 11:37 a.m.-12:25 p.m. (8TH CLASS)

PERIOD 6: 12:25-12:55 p.m. (8TH LUNCH)

PERIOD 7: 12:59-1:47 p.m.

PERIOD 8: 1:51-2:40 p.m.

Contact Us

Tracy Whittington

RECORDS SECRETARY/MIDDLE
Desert Shadows Middle School

Hello Sidewinder Families!

It is an honor to officially join the DSMS community. I started my journey at Shea Middle school and spent a year there before moving to Desert Cove Elementary school, where I was there for 5 years or more. I am here to support families with any needs you may have. 

I have been married 14 years with three children and one grandson. I have one child here at DSMS and my grandson is at Desert Cove. We spend a lot of time in California and Lake Havasu City. We enjoy travelling in our camper beachside.

I look forward to serving all of our Sidewinder families and having an amazing year!

Sincerely,

Tracy Whittington

Bell Schedule (Early Release)

PERIOD 1: 8:00-8:31 a.m.

PERIOD 2: 8:35-9:06 a.m.

PERIOD 3: 9:10-9:41 a.m.

PERIOD 4: 9:45-10:16 a.m.

PERIOD 6: 10:20-10:51 a.m.

PERIOD 7: 10:55-11:26 a.m.

PERIOD 8: 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.