2350 North Third Street, Union NJ 07083
Phone: 908.851.6500 | Fax: 908.687.5204

Union High School Attendance Office

Mr. DeBellonia, Attendance Coordinator /ISS Teacher             (908) 851-6524           
Mrs. McLean, Attendance Coordinator/ISS Teacher
(908) 851-6791    
Mrs.Hutchins (908) 851-6522      Gr. 9 & 10 


Mrs. Shaw  (908) 851-6523  Gr. 12 & 11

Philosophy

Union High School believes that regular attendance at school results in greater academic success. To meet our mutual goal for student success, we share in a partnership and shared expectation among school, parent and student, that students will be present on time, throughout each day school is in session.

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Attendance Terminology

Excused Absence

Only valid excuses are recognized as suitable reasons for a student's absence. In this district a valid excuse is one for personal illness, legal matters, a religious observance or death of a member of the immediate family. Verification to certify the legitimacy of the absence should be brought to the Attendance Office within 2 weeks of the student's return to school. Verification may be in the form of:
  • Doctor's note
  • Court document
  • Letter from the religious group
  • Documentation concerning the death of a member of the immediate family

Unexcused Absence

All student absences from the class will be classified as unexcused and shall be charged against the student's attendance record. Unexcused absences are those that are not recognized as board approved excused absences.

Tardy

Students must be in the classroom when the bell rings. Students who arrive in the room after the bell rings are tardy.

Truancy

Truancy is an absence that is not designated as excused or unexcused.

Attendance Procedures

Reporting Student Absences

Absence, and the reason for absence, must be reported by the student's parent or legal guardian by calling the Attendance Office between 7:30a.m.-9:30a.m. on the day of the absence. The following are the Attendance Office numbers for the 2016-2017 School Year:

          
  • (908) 851-6522 Mrs. Hutchins
  • (908) 851-6523 Mrs. Shaw
  • (908) 851-6520 Mrs. Graul
  • (908) 851-6524 Mr. DeBellonia Attendance Coordinator

Upon returning to school after an absence, the student must present a valid note from the parent/guardian, doctor, dentist, and/or lawyer stating the reason for the absence to the Attendance Office. Student absences for any reason shall be confirmed by parent/guardian unless the student has reached his/her majority.

A student with an absence not reported by the parent or guardian, shall be marked truant and subject to appropriate discipline, in accordance with attendance procedures. Absences due to illness will be considered UNEXCUSED unless a doctor's note is submitted to the Attendance Office.

Early Release from School

The student must present to the Attendance Office a note signed by the parent/guardian before 7:30a.m., except in emergencies. The note must state the reason for the request and include a home and/or cell phone number where the parent/guardian may be reached. Only then will an excused early pass be issued. All notes will be checked for authenticity.

College Visits

College visits by seniors must conform to the following procedure:
  1. Written verification from the college on school letterhead stationary, signed and dated by an administrator/registrar/advisor or a signed and dated registration card to the Attendance Office on the first day of the student's return to school.

Emergency Release from School

The parent/guardian must contact the Attendance Office and provide a reason for the release from school. The student will be excused as soon as the parent/guardian arrived in the Attendance Office.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL THE STUDENT LEAVE THE BUILDING WITHOUT A PASS.

Credits Withheld

When the appeals process has been exhausted, the student's report card and permanent record card will indicate the mark earned; however, a zero (0) will be recorded in the credit column. A note in the comments section will say "excessive unexcused absence this semester." Credits withheld can be made up in a summer school session.

Consequences for Attendance Violations Lateness

  • First Late: Reprimand
  • Second Late: Reprimand
  • Third Late: Reprimand/Parent Call
  • Fourth Late: Reprimand
  • Fifth Late: Reprimand/Parent Letter
  • Sixth Late: Reprimand/Parent Call
  • Seventh Late: Suspension (2-4 days)

Failure to Report to Attendance when late

  • First Offense: Saturday Detention
  • Second Offense: Saturday Detention
  • Third Offense: Suspension (2-4 days)

Cutting Class/Truancy/Leaving School without Permission

  •   Automatic 2-4 day Suspension

Reinstatements

  • First Suspension: Vice Principal
  • Second Suspension: Vice Principal
  • Third Suspension: Vice Principal/Referral for EDP
  • Fourth Suspension: Principal/EDP Placement
  • Fifth Suspension: Superintendent's Office

Board Policy

The Township of Union Board of Education recognizes its responsibility to determine annually the dates between which the schools of the district shall be open. The school year for students shall not begin before July 1 and shall end by June 30.

The Board is bound to enforce the compulsory attendance statute. This statue requires that every parent, guardian or other person having custody and control of a child between the ages of six (6) and sixteen (16) shall cause such child regularly to attend the public schools for children of similar grades and attainments or to receive equivalent instruction elsewhere than at school.

Such regular attendance shall be during all the days and hours that the public schools are in session in the district, unless it is shown to the satisfaction of the Board of Education of the district that the mental condition of the child is such that he/she cannot benefit from instruction in the school or that the bodily condition of the child is such as to prevent his/her attendance at school, but nothing herein shall be construed as permitting the temporary or permanent exclusion from school by the Board of Education of any district of any child between the ages of five (5) and twenty (20), except as explicitly otherwise provided by law.

Any absence because of religious holiday shall be recorded as an excused absence on the pupil's attendance record or on that of any group or class of which he/she is a member, and any transcript or application or employment form or any similar form on which information concerning a pupil's attendance record is requested shall show, with respect to absences, only absence other than absences excused because of religious holidays.

No pupil of any public school, who shall be absent, by reason of observances of a religious holiday, from such school at any time when the same is in session, shall be reason of such absence be deprived of any award nor of eligibility or opportunity to compete for any award, or of the right to take an alternate test or examination which he/she missed by reason of such absence, if a written excuse signed by a parent of, or a person standing in loco parentis to the pupil, be presented to the proper school authority.

When there is evidence of departure from normal health of any pupil, the Principal of the school shall upon the recommendation of the school physician or school nurse exclude such pupil from the school building, and in the absence from the building of the school physician or school nurse, the classroom teacher may exclude the pupil from the classroom and the Principal may exclude the pupil from the school building.

The Superintendent of Schools shall promulgate such administrative rules as are necessary to implement this policy statement.

The administrative rules shall apply to all pupils enrolled in the district including those above or below the compulsory attendance ages.

Excused Absences Regulations Covering Valid Excuses

Only valid excuses are recognized as suitable reasons for a student's absence.
In this district a valid excuse is one for personal illness, legal matters, or a religious observance or death of a member of the immediate family. Verification to certify the legitimacy of the absence should be brought to the Attendance Office within 2 weeks of the student's return to school. This verification may be in the form of a doctor's note, a court document, a letter from the religious group or some documentation concerning the death of a member of the immediate family.

Medical/Dental Appointments
Students may be excused for a medical or dental appointment with a written request from the student's parent or guardian in advance of the appointment except in emergencies. All appointments are subject to verification by the school authorities at the discretion of the Principal. Dental excuses will be accepted for the part of the day during which the visit was made. There will be no full-day dental excuses unless documented by a note from the dentist.

Situations involving extenuating circumstances
-judged not to be valid excuses by the Principal will be referred to the Central Office administration (the Superintendent or his designee) for a determination.

School sponsored programs - such as field trips, athletic contests and other programs may be excused at the discretion of the Principal.
College visits by seniors will conform to the following procedure:
  • Note of parental approval to visit college. Student may obtain this letter through the Attendance Office or the Guidance Department. The letter must be filled out and signed by both a parent/guardian and by the student's Guidance Counselor.
  • College Visit Letter must be received in the Attendance Office one (1) day prior to the visit.
  • Written verification from the college on school letterhead stationary, signed and dated by an administrator/registrar/advisor or a signed and dated registration card to the Attendance Office on the first day of the student's return to school.
Legal Matters - with proper documentation.

The cited excused absences (field trips, etc.) -do not excuse students from submission of projects or assignments due on the day of a planned absence. Such requirements must be submitted prior to the absence day or submitted to the teacher or placed in his/her mailbox on the day of the absence. Requirements not submitted will be graded as failure. *If a student misses a test/quiz as a result of an excused absence, he/she must take the test/quiz on the first day back in class. There is no grace period given because of participation in a field trip or other excuses absence. Exceptions can only be made by the department supervisor.

Unexcused Absences

  1. All student's absences from the class will be classified as unexcused and shall be charged against the student's attendance record.
  2. Teachers are not required to give specific assignments to cover the period of unexcused absences.
  3. Tests, quizzes, reports, homework and any other work missed as a result of an unexcused absence cannot be made up for full credit.
  4. Any work listed above, which is graded by the teacher, will not receive a mark above the minimum passing mark which is a D in the district's marking system.
  5. Final examinations will not be taken by those students charged with being unexcused on the day of the exam. A failing mark of "F" shall be recorded on the student's report card and transcript.