Attendance

Absences and Tardiness

Both tardiness and absence require explanatory notes from the parent when the child returns to the classroom. These notes are necessary even when the teacher is aware of the absence. A child will not be considered tardy if the bus is late. Whenever a child is absent, the parent must call the office at (973)-509-4155 ext. 2661 and inform us of the absence. If we do not receive a call from you, office personnel, the school nurse or another staff member will call you and request the reason for the absence.

Attendance

A student must be in attendance for 160 or more school days in order to be considered to have successfully completed the instructional program requirements of the grade/course to which he/she is assigned.

  1. If parent/guardian has not contacted the school about an absent student, an automated call is generated to the student’s home.
  2. After 5 unexcused absences, cumulative or sporadic, the principal will send a letter to the parent/guardian and a copy to the registration office.
  3. After 10 unexcused absences, a second letter referring to the first letter and informing the parent of the five-day notice will be sent and a copy to the registration office. A staff member will make a home visit.
  4. After 15 unexcused absences, a five-day notice will be served.
  5. If the student continues to be absent, a court hearing may be scheduled.

On time attendance is critical for the start of a successful school day. Students must enter the building at 8:40 a.m. School officially begins at 8:50 a.m. If a child is late for school (arrival after 8:50 a.m.), he or she must check in to the office and a late pass will be issued.

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