Frequently Asked Questions

  • What time does school start / end?

    School begins promptly at 7:22 a.m. Any student not in class by that time is considered tardy. For every three tardies, a detention will be assigned by that teacher, and parking privileges may be revoked. School ends at 2:03 p.m.

    Falmouth High School Bell Schedule (pdf)

    What is the policy if my child is absent?

    When your student returns to school from being absent, please send a note in with him/her. The note should include student name, student ID, student homeroom number, date of absence(s), reason for absence(s), and a the parent signature and phone number.

    What is the policy if my child arrives late or is dismissed early?

    If your student is tardy to school, or being dismissed from school, please send a note in with him/her. The note should include student name, student ID, student homeroom number, current date, reason for tardy or dismissal, a parent signature, along with a phone number where that parent can be reached by the school. Students who are tardy must check in at the assistant principals' office. Students who are being dismissed are allowed to go outside to meet their parent AFTER they have picked up their dismissal pass from the office.

    When are report cards distributed?

    Report cards are distributed at the end of every quarter. Progress reports are hand delivered to your child at the half way point of each quarter. If you do not receive a Progress Report or Report Card  for your child, please call his/her guidance counselor. The phone number is 508-540-2200 extension 4044.

    My student has been absent for a couple of days, is it possible to get homework for him/her?

    Homework requests are handled through the office. Please allow 48 hours’ processing time for all requests. Please call  508-540-2200 extension 4048 or extension 4049 with your child’s name and homeroom.

    Will their absence be excused?

    Absences for doctor’s visits, court appointments, and college visits are excused when your student brings in written validation from the doctor, court, or college. Religious holidays are excused with a written note from a parent. In the case of credit appeal, parent notes are considered, so we request you always send a note when your student is absent from school. All notes should include student name, student ID, student homeroom number, date of absence(s), reason for absence(s), along with a parent signature.

    What is the attendance and loss of credit policy?

    Loss of credit will occur when a student has accumulated seven absences in each semester course and fifteen absences in each full year course. Tardies and/or dismissals that result in class absence for reasons other than those listed above will be counted toward a loss of credit. The appropriate administrator, guidance counselor, parent and student will be notified in writing at the following times.

    • 4 credit course – 15 non-exempt absences
    • 2 credit course – 7 non-exempt absences
    • 1 credit course – 3 non-exempt absences

    Students and parents are encouraged to pay attention to the mid quarter reports as well as the reports cards to monitor number of days absent. Attendance can also be monitored through routine access of PowerSchool either through the parent or student portals. After a student has been notified that credit has been lost, he/she is expected to continue attending class, as an appeal may restore the lost credit.

    What happens to a student's grade when he/she loses credit?

    Grades earned are not affected by loss of credit.  If a student loses credit  in a course due to excessive absences, but receives a passing grade, that course grade will appear on the student's transcript.

    If a student loses credit in a course, what does he/she do?

    You may contact the office and be given an appoint with the Appeals Board.  The board meets at the end of each semester and in May for seniors. Contact the main office for more details.

    How do I know which Administrator to speak with?

    You may call the office at 508-540-2200 extension 4048 or extension 4049. The secretary will assist you.

    How many unexcused absences does my child have?  Will they lose credit?

    Loss of credit occurs when a student  accumulates three unexcused  absences in a quarter course (i.e., freshman phys ed), seven unexcused absences in a semester course and fifteen absences in a year long course.  You may call the office (508-540-2200 extension 4048 or extension 4049) and speak to an administrator for more details.

    How do I get a copy of my child’s transcript?

    To get a copy of transcripts, you may call the guidance office at 508-540-2200 extension 4044. If your child has already graduated, this request must be in writing.

    What is the best way to get a message to my child during the school day?

    You may call the office (508-540-2200 extension 4048 or extension 4049), and the secretaries will see that your child gets a message.

    Please note:  Any written communication from the school will contain the school number and email address of the author. If not, you may call the office at 508-540-2200 extension 4048 or extension 4049.

Last Modified on May 15, 2018