Reporting Student Absences
Reporting Student Absencestitle
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.-9:00a.m. on the day of the absence. It can also be reported using the parent portal in Genesis. The phone numbers listed below are the Attendance Office numbers for the 2020-2021 School Year. During Virtual Instruction, we recommend that you email any questions or concerns to the grade level secretaries listed below:
(908) 851-6522 Miss Hutchins - Grades 9 & 10 (email@example.com)
(908) 851-6523 Mrs. Shaw - Grade 11 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
(908) 851-6521 Miss Strobel - Grade 12 (email@example.com)
(908) 851-6524 Mr. DeBellonia Attendance Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Automated phone calls will go home at 9:15am each day to inform parents/guardians that the student is absent from school; unless the absence is reported in the parent portal through Genesis or a voice message is left with the respective grade level attendance secretary. Absences due to illness will be considered UNEXCUSED unless a doctor's note is submitted to the Attendance Office within two weeks of the absence. Notes can be physically brought to the Attendance Office or they can be emailed to the respective grade level secretary.
Early Release from School
Early Release from Schooltitle
The parent or guardian must call or email the respective grade level attendance secretary by 9am to inform the school that the student is to be released early. The student may also present a written note to the Attendance Office prior to the start of homeroom. Only then will an excused early pass be issued. All notes will be checked for authenticity. If a student leaves before 11:35am, it will be considered an unexcused absence for the day.
Emergency Release from School
Emergency Release from Schooltitle
The parent/guardian must contact the Attendance Office by phone or email and provide a reason for the release from school. The student will be excused as soon as the parent/guardian arrives at the main entrance security desk.
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL THE STUDENT LEAVE THE BUILDING WITHOUT A PASS.
Consequences for Attendance Violations Lateness
Consequences for Attendance Violations Latenesstitle
If a student is late to school five or more times in a month, he/she will be issued a Saturday detention(s). Automated calls will go home when a student is marked late.
Cutting Class/Truancy/Leaving School without Permission
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- Cutting Class: Central Detention, Saturday Detention, In School Suspension
- Leaving School without permission: In School Suspension, Out of School Suspension
Excused Absences Regulations Covering Valid Excuses
Excused Absences Regulations Covering Valid Excusestitle
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 absence. 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.
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.
Legal Matters - with proper documentation submitted to the Attendance Office
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 excused absences. Exceptions can only be made by the department supervisor.