School hours are 8:30 am - 3:45 pm  Monday thru Thursday 

Students should arrive at 8:25 AM


Aurora Public Schools Attendance Policy for Middle School Students:

Students enrolled in the Aurora Public Schools are required to attend classes, unless excused for good reason, in accordance with the Colorado Compulsory Attendance Law. Absences such as illness or injury, or absences approved by the principal and parents are regarded as excused absences. Daily attendance is the responsibility of students and their parents or guardians. Irregular attendance may result in poor academic performance, lower grades, and an intervention plan developed by the parent/guardian and a site administrator.

Columbia Middle School-Attendance Policy:
One of our goals at Columbia is to keep communication open with parents by addressing concerns before they become problems. An immediate concern that has to be addressed is student tardies to school. It is imperative that students arrive to school and report to class on time. When students are tardy it is detrimental to student achievement. The instructional process is interrupted and valuable instruction time is wasted.

In an effort to decrease the number of tardies and clarify issues with parents and students regarding tardies, please review the following tardy policy with your child.

Excused tardies consist of, but are not limited to the following circumstances:

  • Illness;
  • Doctor's appointments;
  • Orthodontist appointments;
  • Extreme family emergency; or
  • Extreme inclement weather.

Unexcused tardies consist of, but are not limited to the following circumstances:

  • Oversleeping of students, or parent's alarm didn't go off;
  • Sleeping in due to staying up late to do homework, study for a test, etc.; or
  • Missed the bus (school or RTD).

Consequences for unexcused tardy:

  • 30-minute after-school detention, for late arrivals between 7:50 - 8:00 am
  • 1-hour detention for late arrivals between 8:00 - 8:15 a.m. will be assigned,
  • a half day or full day, as determined by a site administrator, of in-house detention will be assigned for late arrivals after 8:25 a.m.

Unexcused Absences and Consequences:

  • If a student misses more than 40 minutes of class, that student is considered an unexcused absence for that period -- not a tardy.
  • For unexcused absences, a full day of in-house will be assigned.

Every student who receives a detention slip will have 24 hours notice before reporting to the detention hall. This should be ample time to arrange for rides home if he/she is a bus student. We realize that conflicts may arise, which causes the student to miss detention on the assigned day. If there is a conflict, a doctor's appointment, for example, it is the parent's/student's responsibility to let the office know before 1:50 p.m. of that day. The office will call to verify and the student will be allowed to serve the detention the following day.

If tardies or absences become chronic, whether they are excused or unexcused, a student and their parents may be referred and placed in the District Community Attendance Review Board Process, otherwise known as C.A.R.B. Initially, the school will document student tardies/absences and parent contact will be made. If this does not improve attendance, parents will be asked to come to school to assist us in developing an attendance remedial plan. If the absences continue after the remedial plan has been developed, the parent and child will be referred to C.A.R.B. This meeting takes place at the administration building and includes the following people: Police Officer from Aurora Police Department, Social Worker, Representative from the Administration Building, and Representatives from Columbia, usually the attendance secretary and an administrator. The outcome of this meeting usually involves the court system, social services, and the police.

Reporting Student Absences:

Parents or legal guardians are requested to call the attendance line at (303) 326-1651 to record any attendance concerns. The following information is requested:

  • Name of parent or guardian who is calling;
  • Student's name;
  • Grade of the student;
  • Reason for absence;
  • Length of absence if known; and
  • Daytime phone number of parent or legal guardian, in case questions about the absence, arise.

If the length of absence is not known, daily calls are requested. Calls must be made within 24 hours of the day of absence (by 7:30 a.m. the following morning--at the latest) for the student to be excused. Late calls will not be accepted to excuse the student. If they are not excused, they will be given in-house detention.

Please Note: Written notes will not be accepted to excuse students from the school.

Early Dismissal/Appointment Requests:

If it becomes necessary for a student to be excused from school for any reason before normal school dismissal time, parents are requested to telephone the school to indicate the reason and the time for early dismissal. Requests for appointments during school time should also be telephoned to the attendance line giving the student's name and the time of release from the school. It is the student's responsibility to pick up the "Out of Building Permit" at the main office on his/her arrival at school. This pass should be shown to the teacher at the correct dismissal time. Before leaving school, the student must sign out in the main office. Please pick up your child in the main office and be prepared to show a picture I.D. in order to have your child released. The attendance recorder number is (303) 326-1651.