Regular attendance is one of the most important factors in a student's success in school. The activities and dynamics of a classroom environment cannot be duplicated with make-up work, home study, or independent study. Parents are encouraged to have their children present to benefit from the total Daniel J. Savage Middle School program.


In the event of an extended illness, assignments may be requested through the attendance office (552-3300).


Parents should report absences to the school as soon as is possible by dialing the Attendance Office (552-3300). This is a 24-hour recording service provided by the school. There is also a website link to send an email

Students who have been absent must receive a "RE-ADMIT" slip from the attendance office window before attending the class(es) which were missed. They must secure the re-admit at a time other than class time, prior to the class(es) for which it is needed.


The Sylvan Union School District provides a home study program for students who are confined for an extended period of time to the home due to an injury or illness. Arrangements can be made through the school attendance office.


When a student has advance knowledge that they are going to be absent for an extended length of time, they are eligible for and encouraged to arrange an independent study contract. The parent(s) of the student must notify the Attendance Office within a reasonable amount of time prior to the date of absence so that teachers can organized assignments and materials for students.

An Independent Study Contract is developed by faculty members and it coordinates learning objectives so that disruptions in the student's program will be minimized during the absence. The work should be completed during the absence and is due upon his/her return in order to receive credit for the absence. Failure to successfully complete the contract must result in the days of absence being marked as "unexcused".