Board of Education Policy - Attendance #5200A student must be present in school a minimum of four (4) hours of instructional time to be given credit for a day’s attendance. At Early Schools, students must be signed into school by 9:10 AM and cannot be signed out until 12:26 PM in order to receive credit for a day’s attendance. At Late Schools, students must be signed into school by 10:04 AM and cannot be signed out until 1:20 PM in order to receive credit for a day’s attendance.
Student attendance must be the concern of all staff members and parents/guardians. Student attendance is not only the function of the attendance office and the assistant principal, but also the function of parents who value the instructional time given to their children and teachers who establish the expectations and learning standards that necessitate regular attendance by students. It requires the continued vigilance of both parents and teachers. While rules and regulations often appear to be punitive in nature, parents and teaching staff members should make every effort to compliment regular attendance and to reward it accordingly.NJDOE Regulations N.J.S.A 18:A 36-14 through 16 requires all daily absences except the following to be reported as unexcused for school accountability measures only:
- Religious observance as recognized on the annual list of religious holidays
- Take Your Child to Work Day
- College Visitation (three visits annually in 11th and 12th grade)
1. Absences from School
• All students must bring a written note to the attendance office within 48 hours of the return to school. However, this DOES NOT exclude the fact that a physician’s note or other types of verification may be required by the high school administration. All notes will be dated and placed in the student’s file in the attendance office. If a note is not received within 48 hours by the attendance office, the absence will be considered unexcused and will result in disciplinary action for failure to follow proper procedure or the student may be considered truant from school.
2. Tardiness to SchoolExcessive tardiness may result in a parental conference and/or disciplinary action.Students who may need to be excused from school early or for part of the day must have a valid and verifiable reason.
Students are not permitted to leave school early for reasons of work, needed at home to run parental errands, personal business, or appointments that cannot be verified. We request that doctor/dentist appointments be scheduled after school hours. In the event of an emergency, the student will be paged. Call ahead (if possible) so that staff can contact the student and have him/her ready and waiting when the parent/guardian arrives at school.
6. Students attending the prom must report to school on time and be marked present on the day of the prom, the day preceding the day of the prom and the school day following the prom. Seniors absent from school on these days (without a valid doctor’s note) jeopardize their privilege to participate in the graduation ceremony and juniors may jeopardize their senior parking privileges.
8. Students may be subject to disciplinary action by the school administration for excessive cutting. Course credit will be withdrawn if a student’s total number of cutting incidents exceeds one (1) in a quarter year course, two (2) in a semester course, or three (3) in a full-year and/or three-quarter year course.
9. For each unexcused/unexplained absence, students may be subject to disciplinary action by the school administration which may include the denial of a pupil’s participation in co-curricular activities and/or athletic competition. In addition, course credit may also be withdrawn if a student’s total number of absences is excessive.
10. In order to remain on the roll at the school, a student must continue to attend a full schedule of classes even when excessive absences have denied that student credit in one or more courses. In the event a student has lost credit in a course and is also carrying a failing average, the grade of ‘‘E” will take precedence over the “WAT.” If the absences are excessive and are excused, an incomplete may be recorded until all work is completed.
2. Notification of absences at specific intervals will also be provided through the Parent Portal. Letters will be posted and available for review by the parent/guardian.
3. In addition to official notification, teachers are encouraged to directly inform parents via conferences, progress reports, notes, and/or telephone calls when absences may effect a student’s grades or credit withdrawal status.
1. Course credit will be withdrawn if a student’s total number of absences (excused and unexcused/unexplained) is “excessive.” Once credit has been withdrawn and the student has been notified, the student and/or the parent may appeal for credit reinstatement. The successive order of the individual(s) or group(s) that an appeal should be submitted to is listed below:
• Attendance Review Committee• Principal
2. An Attendance Review Committee will be established in each high school by the building principal. The members of such committee shall serve at his/her discretion. If the Attendance Review Committee denies reinstatement of credit, the student and/or the parent may appeal to the building principal.
All students are expected to be on time to every class or have a legitimate pass from a teacher, administrator, or staff member. If a student is late for class, he/she must report to the assigned class without a pass. Students are not to report to the office for a late pass. Teachers will admit students who are late and impose discipline on an individual basis. Students must seek and receive permission from the teacher of the scheduled class prior to missing all or any portion of the instructional time. Students who solicit passes from other teachers, counselors, or staff members without prior approval, may find those passes unacceptable to the scheduled teacher. Excessive tardiness to class will result in disciplinary action by the school administration. Students will be marked absent from any class, if more than half of the block is missed.
Students that participate in school sponsored trips must submit a permission slip signed by a parent/guardian prior to the trip. All school rules/regulations remain in effect while participating in a school sponsored activity or trip. Students must follow the directions of chaperones and staff members and appropriate behavior is required. Students participating on a class trip must make suitable prior arrangements for transportation from school to home if the scheduled return is after school hours. Students with excessive absences in certain classes are advised that attending field trips may result in a loss of credit in those classes. NOTE: Neither the Board of Education nor the school sponsors or endorses ski trips.
Students must obtain a Hall Pass from their teacher to be in the halls while classes are in session. Students in the hall without a Hall Pass may be assigned a detention. Students MUST carry their Hall Pass with them at all times and present it to staff when requested. Misuse of the Hall Pass will be considered Failure to Follow Proper Procedure and/or Insubordination.
All students must sign in and out of school through the attendance office each day. Students returning from or departing to another school between class periods must show their school ID at the school’s security desk and report directly to their assigned location. Students may not be in the hallways between classes. Failure to comply and follow proper procedures shall result in disciplinary action. Students who are transported directly from their homes to vocational school in the morning are asked to also call transportation at 732-431-8368 if they will be absent from school.