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    Attendance Expectations

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    In accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 18A:38-25, every parent, guardian, or other person having control and custody of a child between the ages of six and sixteen shall cause the child to regularly attend school. The Board of Education requires students enrolled in the school district attend school regularly in accordance with the laws of the State.  

    The state has included absentee data as an indicator of school quality and success.  The school-level chronic absenteeism rate is calculated by dividing the number of chronically absent students during the school year by the total number of students enrolled in the school. This link will give you additional information regarding how the state will calculate absenteeism.  Please be aware that the NJDOE recognizes ONLY five allowable reasons for an excused absence as indicated below with an **.  All others, including illness, out of school suspensions, vacations, student generated cut days etc. will all be calculated in to the NJ attendance data as unexcused.

    Attendance letters will continue to be generated through Genesis so please check those and contact either your guidance counselor or Mr. Agrati, vice principal.  Addtionally, letters will be mailed home to students who are on track to be chronically absent; just two absences per month will put a student at-risk of being chronically absent. 


     

    To Report Absences

    • Parents should use the Genesis Parent Portal to notify the Attendance Office that their child is going to be absent for the day (click here for directions)
    • Parents are able to choose the date(s) and input the reason
      • If appropriate documentation is not provided with specific dates when the student returns to school, (not to exceed five school days beyond the students return to school) the absence may or may not count toward loss of credit.
    • Failure of the parent/guardian to notify the Attendance Office of an absence will result in an automated call home to verify the student's absence
     
     
    Early Dismissal- Please do not submit early dismissal notes through Genesis
    • These dismissals are only approved when a parent's permission note (stating the reason for dismissal) is submitted to the Attendance Office and verbally verified with the parent by the attendance secretary
    • Students leaving early for the day must sign out through the Attendance Office when leaving
    • Students must also sign in upon returning to school (if applicable)
    • The student MUST be picked up by someone listed on the student's Genesis emergency card
    • Students who leave prior to 1PM will not receive credit for a full day of attendance

     


     
     
    Daily and Class Attendance
     
     
    What is an excused absence that will NOT count towards being chronically absent, per the NJDOE?
    • Religious observance (N.J.A.C. 6A:32-8.3(h))
    • "Take Our Children to Work Day" (April 25, 2019)
    • Participation in observance of Veterans Day (N.J.S.A. 18A: 36-13.2) or district board of election membership activities (N.J.S.A. 18A: 36-33);
    • The closure of a busing district that prevents a student from having transportation to the receiving school.
    • College Visits (maximum three (3) per year for grades 11 & 12 only)
      • Travel days are not excused
      • Documentation with the student's name and confirmed date of visit must be provided upon the students return to school (within five school days)
      • An email with confirmation of a pending visit is not an acceptable form of documentation to excuse an absence
     
     
    What is an unexcused absence that will count towards loss of credit and chronic absenteeism?
    • Any undocumented absence
    • Family vacations
    • "Cut days" that may, or may not, be related to the Junior or Senior Prom
    • Performance of household duties, or babysitting
    • Missing more than 10 minutes of a class
    • Absences during make-up snow/emergency days
    • Any other reason that is not listed below as an excused absence

     


     
    What is an excused absence that may not count towards loss of credit?
    • Religious observance (N.J.A.C. 6A:32-8.3(h))**
    • "Take Our Children to Work Day" (April 25, 2019)**
    • Participation in observance of Veterans Day (N.J.S.A. 18A: 36-13.2) or district board of election membership activities (N.J.S.A. 18A: 36-33);**
    • The closure of a busing district that prevents a student from having transportation to the receiving school.**
    • College Visits (maximum three (3) per year for grades 11 & 12 only)**
      • Travel days are not excused
      • Documentation with the student's name and confirmed date of visit must be provided
      • An email with confirmation of a pending visit is not an acceptable form of documentation to excuse an absence
    • Where appropriate, when consistent with Individualized Education Programs, the Individuals with Disabilities Act, and/or individualized health care plans
    • Pupil illness supported by a doctor or physician's note with specific dates to be excused
      • Necessary and unavoidable medical and dental appointments
      • It is recognized that not all illnesses require a visit to the doctor/physician. A parent note should still be provided to document the absence, but the absence will remain unexcused
    • Family illness or death
    • The student's suspension from school
    • Field trips or other school sponsored activities
    • The student's required appearance in court
    • Interviews with prospective employers or with an admissions officer of an institution of higher education
    • Examination for a driver's license

    **According to the NJDOE, the reasons listed above with ** will also not count towards chronic absenteeism. 

     
    If appropriate documentation is not provided with specific dates when the student returns to school, (not to exceed five school days beyond the students return to school) the absence may or may not count toward loss of credit.
     

     
    How can I find out how many absences I have?
    • Your Genesis account has an Attendance tab at the top that will provide you with the total number of days absent and total number of absences for each class
    • It is possible that you may have a different number of absences in each class because of the rotational schedule
    • Notification to parents/guardians about course totals and possible loss of credit is provided through the Letters tab in Genesis
    • Notification to parents/guardians about loss of credit will be posted in Genesis, a Blackboard alert will be emailed, and a hard copy letter will be mailed home



    When will loss of credit occur due to excessive absences?
    • To receive credit for a course, a student must attend class on a regular basis and complete all requirements of the scheduled course  
    • A student may not be granted credit toward graduation in a scheduled course after the unexcused absences exceed:
      • Eighteen (18) per year in a full year course
      • Nine (9) per semester in a semester course
      • Four (4) per quarter in a quarter course
    • A secondary student who has been dropped from a course of study will be assigned to an alternate program such as restricted study
    • A secondary student denied course credit may attend a credit completion session to regain denied credit.  Such a program may include “summer school” or the online credit recovery program through Educere at the student’s expense; your child's guidance counselor can provide more specific information
    • A student may elect to participate in Physical Education (P/E) make up sessions
      • Two sessions must be made up for every one class that was missed
     

     
    Tardiness to School
     
    Students who are tardy to school must report to the attendance office to sign in and obtain a tardy pass to class.  Students who are excessively tardy will be subject to disciplinary action by the administration as follows:
    • Every three (3) tardies to class is counted as equivalent to a cut of that course.  Consequences will be imposed as per the Code-of-Conduct
    • In the event that a student is tardy to homeroom or school, every three (3) tardies will be assigned consequences at the discretion of the administration:
      • Loss of open lunch privileges
      • Loss of parking pass for Seniors (if applicable)
      • 3 tardies- warning
      • 6 tardies- unit lunch detention
      • 9 tardies- after school detention (2:35pm-3:45pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays only)
      • 12 tardies- Saturday detention (8am-12pm)
      • 12+ tardies- TBD by administration

    Students who are tardy after 10:10am will not receive credit for a full day of attendance.

     
     
    Questions?