Attendance

Elementary School

Absences

In the event your child is absent from school, please send in a written note of excuse with him/her on the day he/she returns to school, as required by NYS law. Please include in the note the date of absence/tardiness and the reason for the absence. It is school policy that if an excuse is not received within three days of the absence, it will be recorded as an unexcused absence. 

According to NYS law, excused absences include:

  • Student sickness
  • Death in the family
  • Doctor’s appointments
  • Religious observations

According to NYS law, unexcused absences include:

  • Oversleeping
  • Visiting someone
  • Going on vacation
  • Missing the bus

Research shows that student achievement drops significantly when students miss more than 10 percent of the school year due to absences. While we understand there are often specific medical needs that impact attendance, and we work closely with families to support those students, the following procedures have been established for unexcused absences:

After being absent, tardy 5 times and/or early leaves:

  • Phone call home
  • Written notification will be sent home

After being absent, tardy 10 times and/or early leaves:

  • Phone call home
  • Written notification will be sent home
  • The parent will call the school nurse each subsequent time the student is absent or tardy

After being absent, tardy 15 times and/or early leaves:

  • All of the above and a home visit by school personnel

After being absent, tardy 20 times:

  • All of the above & a conference with the administration, school nurse, and guidance counselor or social worker in order to decide upon a course of action, which could include filing a PINS (Person in Need of Supervision) petition with Family Court/Hotline call to Child Protective Services (CPS)
  • A letter from your child’s physician will be required for each future absence.

Each case will be determined on an individual basis according to the existing circumstances. Legitimate absences because of chronic medical illness will not be considered as an attendance problem.

Junior-Senior High School

Attendance Expectations

Excellent school attendance is our expectation. The following procedures are presented with the hope that successful implementation will improve attendance and increase students’ academic and social achievement.

New York State mandates that a student meet a minimum seat time requirement in order to receive academic credit for a course. Class time and other curricular-related times spent with any of our teachers are as important as quizzes, tests, projects, reports, labs, and other more tangible forms of assessments. To receive course credit in a full year course, a student needs to be in attendance a minimum of 153 days. To receive credit for a half-year course, the student needs to be in attendance for a minimum of 76 days. Students who exceed the number of absences (27 days for a full year course and 14 days for a half year course) may be denied course credit. Students will not be allowed to make up class time in order to earn class credit. Grading will include credit for class attendance or loss of credit for absences. If students exceed the number of class absences, a superintendent’s hearing may be held to determine denial of course credit. (If course credit is denied to a senior and the student fails a required course, the student is not eligible for participation in graduation.)

Start the day off right

  • The school day officially begins at 8:10 a.m. each morning
  • Students are expected to be in their homeroom (period one class) and ready to learn by 8:10 a.m. The only exception to this would be students who are eating breakfast. Students eating school breakfast must first inform their teacher that they are going to the cafeteria, and then be back to their homeroom (period one class) ready to learn by 8:15 a.m.
  • Students arriving to homeroom after 8:15 a.m. will be considered late, and will need to sign in at the attendance office.

Attendance affects co-curricular and interscholastic activities

School attendance affects co-curricular and interscholastic activities as well. Therefore, to participate either directly or as a spectator in these events:

  • Students must attend school on the day on which an evening co-curricular or interscholastic event is scheduled. Such events include, but are not limited to, athletic events, practices, dances, plays, or concerts.
  • Students must attend school on the day preceding a weekend co-curricular or interscholastic event (subject to the coach, advisor, or principal’s review).
  • If a student’s absence has been the result of an appointment which was not possible to schedule at another time, the student’s parent should provide a note to this effect upon the student’s arrival at school. In such cases, the student may be allowed to participate in a co-curricular activity with the authorization of the principal.
  • Students must arrive by 8:20 a.m. in order to compete, perform, or otherwise participate in a co-curricular or interscholastic activity.
  • Any requests for variance on these stipulations must be directed to the principal before the event or activity in question occurs.

Definitions

Excused Absences

  • Personal illness and illness or death in the family
  • Religious observance
  • Medical visits
  • Approved college visits
  • Military obligations
  • Absences approved in advance by the principal, superintendent, and the Commission of Education

Unexcused Absences

  • A student who is absent from school or classes with the knowledge and consent of his parents or legal guardian for other than legal reasons is considered an unexcused absence from school. Such excuses as the following are included under this designation: shopping trips to the local mall, family vacation, oversleeping, skipping class, and any other absence that is not excused as determined by the principal, superintendent, and the Commissioner of Education. Unlawful detention is considered to be a serious matter by school officials and education law.
  • A student who is absent from school without the knowledge or consent of a parent or legal guardian is considered to be truant from school. Truancy from school is considered to be a serious matter by school officials and education law. Truancy results in calls to parents and two (2) days of detention for each full day truant. Repeated truancies may result in suspensions or referrals to county agencies for those under 16 and consideration of withdrawal from school for those 16 and over (In accordance with Chapter 400, Laws of 1981).
  • There is no school or class approved “skip day” for any group. If a day of organized absences by any group (seniors, juniors, etc.) is apparent, the district will take appropriate action.
  • If a questionable pattern or number of illegal excuses appears on a student’s record, the attendance officer may require a doctor’s excuse for all succeeding absences. If no medical excuse is provided, the absences will be marked as unexcused.