Fairfax High School Attendance

Procedures and policies regarding student attendance at Fairfax High School.

Please note: this information applies ONLY to students at Fairfax High School.  Information for other FCPS schools can be found at https://www.fcps.edu/schools-centers

Attendance Line: 703-219-2211

Fax: 703-219-2397


All Day Absences

  • Must be excused by a parent or guardian by calling the Attendance Line at (703) 219-2211
  • Select option 1 or 2 based upon student’s last name
  • Select option 3 for Spanish-speaking families or
  • Use online Attendance Form to report the absence (https://fairfaxhs.fcps.edu/about/attendance)
  • All attendance errors must be corrected within 3 days of the absence
  • If you receive a call-out message, and believe it is in error, please have your student check with the classroom teacher for that period


Prearranged Absences – college visits, family travel, upcoming medical treatments, etc. -

  • Request for Prearranged Absence must be turned into Attendance Office L103 prior to absence for approval
  • Student must use FCPS Pre-arranged absence form available in the Attendance Office L103 or online at Fairfax HS under Attendance 


Tardies (Unexcused) - student arriving after 8:10 AM for an unexcused reason (oversleeping, car trouble, traffic,

power outages, or missing the bus), must:

  • First report to the Attendance Office L103 to obtain a tardy pass to class.


Tardies (Excused)Students who are late for an excused reason must:

  • Have parent or guardian call the Attendance Line (703) 219-2211 to inform the school about the late arrival, or
  • Bring in a note from a parent or guardian or a note from the appointment upon arrival to school
  • Check in at the Attendance Office L103, even during class passing times, to obtain a tardy pass to class


Checking Out Early - we cannot accept phone calls for early dismissal

  • Planned Check Out – (medical appointment or other excused absence):
  • Send a note with your student to bring to the Attendance Office L103 upon arrival at school; student will receive a pink check-out pass
  • Students must sign out in the Attendance Office L103 before leaving school (parents do not need to come into the school)
  • If the student fails to sign out, the absence will not be excused
  • Students who become ill during the day, must go to the clinic to call home; they may ONLY sign out from the clinic

Unplanned Check Out

  • Fax a note to the school fax line (703) 219-2397; please let us know you have sent the note via fax
  • Check in with your photo ID in the Main Office; then proceed to the Attendance Office L103
  • We will send for your student while you write the dismissal note. If your student is in PE or lunch, there may be a delay in bringing the student to the office


Student Responsibilities for Checking-out From School

  • Bring pink check-out pass to the Attendance Office L103 before leaving school
  • Sign out through the Google Form in the Attendance Office
  • If returning to school that same day, check into Attendance Office L103 before going back to class, even if it is between classes


Attendance Line: 703-219-2211   Fax:  703-219-2397

Last Name (A-Lee)              Press 1

Last Name (Lef-Z)                Press 2

Spanish Speaking               Press 3

This attendance form is to be submitted by the parent/legal guardian only.
Please check this box if you wish to report consecutive day absences.
Please list the specific consecutive dates of the absence.
Appropriate student number helps with accuracy

Please state the reason for absence.  For illness, please state the symptoms and doctor diagnosis if available.

Parent/Guardian Contact Information

The information sent in the form above will be received at @email