Last Update: 08/07/2017
Attendance at all rehearsals and concerts in which the student performs is mandatory. With the exception of illness, religious holidays, death in the family, or mandatory attendance at a school function, all other absences are considered unexcused. Regardless of whether an absence is excused or unexcused, when possible, a planned absence form must be completed and submitted to PYS.
PLANNED ABSENCE OR TARDINESS:
Any student who anticipates being absent or tardy from a rehearsal or concert must submit a Planned Absence Form (available by clicking here), detailing the reason(s) and date(s) for each anticipated absence or tardiness. This form must be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to an absence. In addition if a student must be absent from a concert, he or she must discuss this with the studentís orchestra Conductor as far in advance of the concert as possible.
Any unexpected absence requires the student to call the PYS Voicemail (438-3149) before 1:00 p.m. on the day of the rehearsal (regardless of reason for absence, excused or unexcused). Leave a clear message as to the nature of the absence on Voicemail, which the Director checks before rehearsals.
Repeated absences, excused or unexcused, result in a reduction in performance ability and may cause reseating, exclusion from an upcoming concert or dismissal from the program with no tuition refunded. A third unexcused absence in a semester may result in dismissal with no tuition refunded.
Students who are late to a rehearsal must immediately report to their orchestra with as little disruption as possible, unless asked to wait. Sit in any available chair until break, at which time you may speak to your conductor concerning moving into your chair. Students who report late to a rehearsal shall report to the conductor or room parent at the break to account for their tardiness. Repeated tardiness may be cause for disciplinary action or loss of performance opportunity. A second unexcused tardy constitutes one unexcused absence.
An absent studentís music must be present during any missed concert, regardless of the reason for a student's absence