Submit an absence using our attendance form below or use one of these other two methods.
Please be specific about the reason why your child will not be attending school today. In the one of the methods above or in the "Reason for Absence/Late Arrival" blank space on the form below, indicate whether your child has any of the following symptoms:
- Feeling feverish or chills
- Fever greater than or equal to 100.4 F
- Headache (not due to another health condition, hunger, menstrual cramps stress, or injury)
- A new cough (not due to another health condition)
- Shortness of breath or breathing difficulties (not due to diagnosed respiratory condition or if different than normal pattern of chronic condition)
- A new sore throat (not due to another health condition)
- Congestion or runny nose (not related to allergies or health condition)
- Fatigue (more tired than normal or sudden onset)
- New muscle pain (not due to another health condition or that may have been caused by a specific activity such as physical exercise)
- New loss of taste, smell, or appetite
- Abdominal pain (not due to hunger, constipation, injury, or stress)
- Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
In Virginia, public school students aged 5-18 are required to attend school regularly. That is true whether FCPS is offering distance learning or in-person instruction. Teachers will take attendance during learning sessions and ensure that all students are counted. Parents can find more information at FCPS Return to School.Monday Attendance All students are expected to be in attendance on Mondays at Morning Meeting and working asynchronously or as indicated.
- When your child is absent or will be tardy, please let the school know by email at GunstonElem.Attendance@fcps.edu, submitting through our online attendance form (above) or by calling the attendance line at 703-541-3636. Both options are available 24 hours.
- Find the Sick Student Notification and Permission to Return to School Form - fillable form for physician
- Excused tardies or absences include illness, death in family, doctor or dentist appointment, and observance of a religious holiday. Each student returning from an absence should present a note from a parent or guardian stating the reason for the absence. We encourage family trips during scheduled school vacations and strongly discourage such trips during the school year because these extended absences interrupt sequential learning in many subject areas. Virginia law requires us to withdraw any student who is absent from school for 15 consecutive days or more from our enrollment. Upon the student’s return a parent must again officially enroll him or her. It is critical to your child’s success that they are in school daily and on time.