Regular attendance is not only a matter of state law, but is essential for success in your school work. While enrolled in the Central School System your number one job is attending classes regularly and fulfilling all class requirements. Regular and punctual attendance is a habit and should be cultivated early in your career. Excessive absences will negatively affect class performance and grades.
State law requires that any student who misses more than the allotted number of days without a valid approved excuse or permission from the supervisor from Child Welfare and Attendance shall not receive credit for course work. Exception can be made only in the event of personal illness verified by a health practitioner or other extenuating circumstances listed on page 14 of the handbook. Evidence of extenuating circumstances must be presented to the principal for review and approved by the supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance within 5 days from the first day a child returns to school. For elementary students (grades K-8) students shall be present a minimum of 60,120 minutes (equivalent to 167 six-hour days) per school year allowing no more than ten unexcused absences per year. Secondary students grade (9-12) shall be present a minimum of 30,060 minutes (equivalent to 83.5 six hour school days) per semester or 60,120 minutes (equivalent to 167 six-hour school days) a school year allowing no more than 5 unexcused absences per semester. In addition, students with excessive absences must attend a hearing with the supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance. Truancy is defined as having five unexcused tardies or five unexcused absences.
Absences and Attendance ProceduresPlease call the attendance office at 261-3430 if your child will be absent.
Students are allowed no more than 5 unexcused absences per semester. In order tfor a personal illness o be excused, the absence must be verified by a health professional.
Notes from parents will allow students to make up missed work, but the absence will still be counted as unexcused. Please send this form with your child.
All excuses must be presented in writing to the attendance office within 5 school days after the child returns to school.