If your child will be absent or tardy, please notify the school by 9:30 a.m. 


Two ways to notify Sunrise Valley of an absence:

  1. Email the attendance mailbox at and copy your child’s teacher so that both the office and the teacher are notified.   OR
  2. Leave a message on the attendance phone line at 703-715-3838.

Please state the reason your child is missing all or part of the school day.  Specify a physician’s diagnosis such as strep throat or pink eye. If your child has not seen a physician, please be specific about the symptoms your child is experiencing such as fever, cough, sore throat, or vomiting.  This information is required by the Public Health Nurse. 


The school day starts with the first bell at 9:10 a.m.  Students are considered late to class if they arrive in their classroom after the second (tardy) bell at 9:20 a.m.  Tardy students must first report to the office for correction of attendance records and to receive a tardy slip.    

Examples of excused absences or tardies

Examples include: student illness, student medical or dental appointment, observance of a religious holiday, death in the family 

Examples of unexcused absences or tardies

Examples include: family vacation, non-school-related activity, missed bus

Unverified and unexcused absences generate an automated call/email from Fairfax County Public Schools and require you to contact the school immediately if you have not already done so. 

Refer to FCPS Regulation 2234 for more information. 

FCPS Attendance Policies