On the morning of a student’s absence, parents/

    guardians are asked to notify the HS Nurse’s Office at

    933-6708, or the Elem. Office at 933-6045 by 8:30 AM.

    All absences from school must be accounted for. On the

    day following an absence, a note from home stating the

    reason, date(s) absent, and signed by a parent/guardian

    needs to be turned in. K-6 students should turn their

    excuses in to their classroom teacher and 7-12 students

    need to bring their excuses to the Office. When evidence

    of habitual absence is apparent, excuses for illness may

    require validation through a doctor’s certificate. Failure

    to provide a written excuse within three days following

    return to school will result in a warning. Repeated failures

    to turn in excuses will lead to detention(s), a parent

    conference and finally ISS.
    Tardiness to School
    Elementary and secondary students are expected to

    be in their first period class before 7:55 AM. Tardy students

    are to go to the Main Office to sign in. The tardy

    student will receive a blue slip indicating their time of

    arrival to class. Tardiness to school must also be accounted

    for with a written excuse, signed by a parent

    or guardian explaining the reason for the tardy. Consequences

    for student tardiness begin with a warning.

    Repeated tardiness to school that is not a legally excused

    tardy will result in lunch detention, detention, a parent

    conference and ISS.
    Tardiness to Class
    Teachers are expected to handle tardiness to class to

    their satisfaction. Should the problem continue, or if the

    student ignores the teacher’s request, the administration

    will be notified and the resulting consequence will begin

    with lunch detention. Repeated offenses will lead to additional

    detention(s), a parent conference and ISS.
    Class Cuts
    A class cut is an unauthorized absence from class

    when a student is not absent from school. Cuts include

    Study Halls and assemblies. A student will receive a

    zero for all work missed, including tests. A cut from class

    will result in detention(s). Repeated cuts will result in parent

    notification, internal suspension, and if the offenses are

    excessive, a Superintendent’s hearing and PINS (Person in

    Need of Supervision) referral.
    Leaving school grounds without permission is considered

    truancy. This includes leaving school property any

    time during the school day following arrival to school,

    lunch periods, and prior to bus departure. Violators will

    receive internal suspension(s). Repeated infractions will

    lead to a Superintendent’s hearing and PINS referral.
    Early Dismissal
    Students are expected to remain in school unless they

    are excused by a school official upon the written request of

    parents or guardians. Elementary students who are to be

    excused during the school day are to turn their written excuse

    in to their homeroom teacher at morning attendance

    time. High School students who are to be excused during

    the day should turn their excuse in at the Nurse’s office

    before first period. Excuses will then be included on the

    attendance list. All students being excused must sign out

    in the Main Office, stating exactly where they are going.

    Upon returning to school, students are to sign in and receive

    a pass to class. If a student does not have an excuse,

    the parent or legal guardian must come into the Main Office

    and sign the student out.

    A student who becomes ill during the school day

    should report to the Nurse’s office prior to any arrangements

    being made for excusal. Students cannot sign themselves

    out sick, regardless of age, without notification to

    the Main Office from the Nurse’s Office that parental/

    guardian permission was obtained.
    Excused Absences Definition
    Excused absences are defined as: absences due to

    personal illness, illness or death in the family, impassable

    roads or weather, religious observances, Quarantine,

    required court appearances, attendance at health clinics,

    approved college visits, approved cooperative work programs,

    military obligations, medical appointments, approved

    school functions, road test (1day), opening day

    of hunting season (1day), or such other reason as may be

    approved by the Commissioner of Education.
    Course Attendance Regulations
    Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes.

    Consistent with the importance of classroom participation,

    unexcused student absences, tardiness, and early departures

    will affect a student’s grade, including credit for

    classroom participation, for the marking period.

    In grades 7-12, a student may not receive credit for the

    course with more than 36 absences in a full-year course,

    18 absences in a half-year course, 5 absences in a quarteryear

    course, and 3 absences in a summer school course.

    However, it is District policy that students with properly

    excused absences, tardiness, and early departures for

    which the student has performed any assigned make-up

    work, assignments and/or tests shall not be counted as an

    absence for the purpose of determining the eligibility for

    course credit.

    All absences (excused and unexcused) count in the

    total sessions missed.

    Students and parents will be notified verbally and/

    or by mail when unexcused class absences in a full year

    course reach 8, 18, 27, and 36 days. For half-year courses,

    letters will be sent following 4, 9, 13, and 18.

    Students not receiving credit for attendance reasons

    will be removed from the class. If the student causes interruption

    in the learning process, he/she will be placed in

    a study hall. Students who have lost credit for excessive

    absences will not be permitted to take the Regents exam

    nor will he/she be allowed to attend summer school.

    If the student and Parent(s)/Guardian(s) believe there

    are extenuating circumstances which warrant special consideration,

    written appeal may be filed requesting a building

    level review. The appeal must be filed within five

    days of the student’s removal from class.

    (Revised 9/1/10)