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Carroll County Public Schools recognize the relationship of regular attendance to  the learning process. Students must be present in school or virtually to participate in classroom instructional activities that are vital to the educational program for all students.

Local employers also place emphasis on the attendance records of their employees. Preparing students for the world of work, which Carroll County Public Schools view as one of their roles, includes an expectation of regular attendance.


Winters Mill High School Hours

WMHS doors open for students at 7:00 am. Class hours are 7:30 am - 2:20 pm. The first bell rings at 7:20 am, allowing students to go to their classrooms. A five-minute warning bell rings at 7:25 am. The final bell rings at 7:30 am, when students should be in their classroom ready to begin. Students not in their classrooms by the 7:30 bell are considered late to school. After the 2:20 dismissal bell, students are expected to leave school grounds by 3:00 pm, unless under the direct supervision of faculty, staff, or coaches.


Absences from School

Winters Mill High School requires verification of every student absence. We will accept from the parent or legal guardian and of the following to document an absence from school:

  • A telephone call to 410-386-1500 on the day of absence
  • An email to 
  • A written note upon return of the student

We will attempt to contact parents via School Messenger if we have not received any communication by the specified time. Parents are required to notify the school within five days following any absence, via phone, email, or note (must be submitted to the attendance secretary). Otherwise, the absence will be coded as unlawful and unexcused. Students are not permitted to report their own absence.


Tardiness to School

The school day begins at 7:30 a.m. Students who arrive after 7:30 a.m. will be recorded as tardy to school. Students who arrive to school after 7:30 a.m. must first report to the Attendance Office to be recorded as tardy to school and to receive a tardy pass admitting them to class. Students who are frequently tardy to school will meet with a school administrator. 


Advanced Absences (Vacations, etc.)

  • Email the attendance office at or bring in note from home, prior to the date of absence, explaining the reason you are to be absent with dates.
  • Obtain extended absence form from attendance office.
  • An administrator will need to review the form and sign the form if approved.
  • Take the extended absence form to your teachers for their initials.
  • Bring both papers back to the attendance office, so a call home is not made.


College Visits

Juniors and Seniors will be allowed three college visits per school year with no absence charged provided that written notification from a parent has been submitted 24 hours prior to the visit.  Please feel free to email


Learner’s Permit Attendance Form

As of October 1, 2007, the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) requires all applicants under the age of 16 to demonstrate an acceptable level of school attendance. Please refer to the MVA Web site for more information and to download the Maryland MVA Learner’s Permit School Attendance Certification form (DL-300).

Prior to obtaining a permit, the school must verify the student’s attendance. Please complete only section A (applicant) of the form prior to submitting it to the school for verification. We ask parents to allow the school 24 hours to compile the attendance information and complete the form.