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Report Absence


CHS requires verification of every student absence. We will accept from the parent or legal guardian:

  • telephone call to 410-386-4400 before 9:00 a.m. on the day of absence (no follow-up note required),
  • An email to (no follow-up note required),
  • A Fax to 410-386-4413 (no follow-up note required), or 
  • written note upon return of the student.


We will attempt to contact parents via School Messenger if we have not received any communication by the specified time. Parents are required to notify the school within two days following any absence, via phone, fax, email, or note (must be submitted to the attendance secretary). Otherwise, the absence will be coded as unlawful and unexcused. Students are not permitted to report their own absence.


It is strongly recommended that parents plan vacation for times when school is not in regular session. It is recognized, however, that occasionally students are absent for necessary or important family activities. When this occurs, prior written notification from a parent is to be approved by an administrator.  After approval, the student then take a Vacation Notification Form around to each of their teacher to be signed and then returned to the Main Office prior to the vacation.  Even though the absence may be excused, students are required to make up work missed during that time. Some school work missed, such as class participation or laboratory experiments, does not lend itself to make up. Missing such assignments may also affect a student’s grades. All absences will apply to the school’s attendance policy and may result in the denial of course credit.

College Visits

Juniors and Seniors will be allowed two days for college visits with no absence charged, provided that written notification from a parent has been submitted prior to the visit.  Please feel to email

Learner’s Permit Attendance Form 

As of October 1, 2007, the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) requires all applicants under the age of 16 to demonstrate an acceptable level of school attendance. Please refer to the MVA Website or the Maryland State Department of Education’s Website at for more information and to download the Maryland MVA Learner’s Permit School Attendance Certification form (DL-300). Students may also pick up a form from the main office. This change applies to all public, private, and homeschooled students.

Prior to obtaining a permit, the school must verify the student’s attendance. Please complete the form prior to submitting it to the school for verification. Due to the complexity of the expectations on the school’s part, the attendance cannot be verified on a drop -in basis. We ask parents to allow the school 24 hours to compile the attendance information and complete the form.    We thank you in advance for your cooperation!