Adele Rhinehart
Attendance Secretary
Attendance for last names A-K
[email protected]

Elizabeth Young
Attendance Secretary
Attendance for last names L-Z
[email protected]

ThunderRidge wants to work in partnership with families for the success of their child and the number one factor for academic success is regular attendance. Our mission to maintain and continue to build a tradition of academic excellence begins with all students making attendance a top priority. In order for teachers and classes to make adequate progress towards this mission, students must be present in classes. With this in mind, please adhere to the following policies and procedures.

Check-In/Out Procedures/Late Arrivals
Checking-in - All students arriving late are to check-in at the attendance office. To receive an excused tardy or absence for late arrival prior to second period, the student must provide a doctor or appointment notice/note/card at the time of check-in.

Checking-out - Any time a student must leave school during his/her regularly scheduled classes, the parent must call the attendance line or provide a note in advance so the student can obtain an Early Release pass. It is the student’s responsibility to pick up the pass from the attendance office, and check out at the attendance window before leaving school. Students who fail to follow check-out procedures will be recorded as unexcused.

Ill students must report to the health room for check out, the absence will be excused and the parent will be called.

Absences and After School Activities
Students must be in school ½ day to attend or participate in activities or athletics.

Suspension Absences
Per DCSD board policy JH, suspensions are considered an excused absence. Students will be allowed to make up the learning missed as a result of an absence due to a suspension for credit. It is the student’s responsibility to contact teachers in writing (email) upon receiving a suspension to determine assignment completion guidelines for work that they will miss due to their suspension.  

Students are expected to be in their classroom when the final bell rings. Students who are tardy disrupt the classroom learning environment for all students and often miss important instruction critical to their academic success. Parents have 48 hours to resolve an unverified tardy.  If not resolved within the 48 hour time frame, it will result in an unexcused tardy. Students who miss more that 50% of a class period will be considered absent.  

Extended Absences
If a student is going to be absent from school for more than two days for any reason other than an emergency or a medical reason, that student needs to come to the main office and pick up an advanced absence form. That form must be signed by all of that student’s teachers and that student’s assistant principal prior to the absence.

Students who have four or more unexcused absences from school or class on four or more different days in a one-month period or ten or more unexcused absences from school or from class on ten or more different days in a school year are considered to be “habitually truant” under Colorado state law C.R.S. 22-33-107. Following an attendance contract, truant student and parent/guardian may be required to attend the Truancy Review Board (TRB).

*Be aware that the state views parental excusal as the same as an unexcused absence for the compulsory attendance requirements. See table below for what constitutes an unexcused or excused absence.

Definitions of Types of Absences:

Personal/Ill Absences - A parent may excuse a student for PERSONAL reasons or illness, 4 times per semester, up to 8 in an academic year.
Not feeling well, but not going to a doctor is limited to 3 consecutive days, whereafter, medical documentation must be provided.
*** Excessive ILL absences may result in a health plan

**Oversleeping will not be excused!

Excused Absences - Must have documentation, Doctor, Dentist/Ortho, Therapist, Chiropractor
, Counseling, Court.

Please contact Administration at 303-387-2000 for specific details on the TRHS Attendance policy.


(22-33-104. Compulsory school attendance,  DCSD Board Policy).

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In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, the Douglas County School District RE-1 does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public. The School District's Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator to address complaints alleging sexual harassment under Title IX is Aaron Henderson, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, [email protected], 303-387-0127.

Outside Agencies

Complaints regarding violations of Title VI, (race, national origin), Title IX (sex, gender), Section 504/ADA (handicap or disability), may be filed directly with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204. Complaints regarding violations of Title VII (employment) and the ADEA (prohibiting age discrimination in employment) may be filed directly with the Federal Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 510, Denver, CO 80202, or the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202.


Special Education records which have been collected by Douglas County School District related to the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or the provision of special education in the district, must be maintained under state and federal laws for the period of five (5) years after special education services have ended for the student. Special education services end when the student is no longer eligible for services, graduates, or completes his/her educational program at age 21, or moves from the district. This notification is to inform parents/guardians and former students of Douglas County School District's intent to destroy the special education records of students who exited special education services as of June 30, 2016. These records will be destroyed in accordance with state law unless the parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student notifies the school district otherwise. After five years, the records are no longer useful to the district, but may be useful to the parent/guardian or former student in applying for social security benefits, rehabilitation services, college entrance, etc. The parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student may request a copy of the records by requesting the records at this link ( Douglas County School District Transcripts and Records Requests ).