STUDENT ATTENDANCE 5100
The Board of Education recognizes that regular school attendance is a major component of academic success. Through implementation of this policy, the Board expects to reduce the current level of unexcused absences, tardiness, and early departures (referred to in this policy as “ATEDs”), encourage full attendance by all students, maintain an adequate attendance recordkeeping system, identify patterns of student ATEDs and develop effective intervention strategies to improve school attendance.
To be successful in this endeavor, it is imperative that all members of the school community are aware of this policy, its purpose, procedures and the consequences of non-compliance. To ensure that students, parents, teachers and administrators are notified of and understand this policy, the following procedures shall be implemented.
Excused and Unexcused Absences
Excused ATEDs are defined as absences, tardiness, and early departures from class or school due to personal illness, illness or death in the family, religious observance, required court appearances, attendance at medical/health
related appointments, approved college visits, or such other reasons as may be approved by the appropriate building administrator.
All other ATEDs are considered unexcused absences.
All ATEDs must be accounted for. It is the parent’s responsibility to notify the school attendance officer when your child is absent from school. A
written excuse must be furnished by the parent upon the student’s return to school.
General Procedures/Data Collection
The district will design and implement systems to acknowledge a student’s efforts to maintain or improve school attendance. For example:
Attendance incentives will include but not be limited to Attendance Breakfasts, Attendance Lunches, Awards/Certificates, and other appropriate recognitions as determined by the principal.
Perfect attendance under this section is defined as any student that does not have any absences, tardiness, and early departures (referred to in this policy as “ATEDs”).
Consequences of Excessive ATED’s
A designated staff member(s) will contact the student’s parents and the student’s guidance counselor in the event that a student’s record reveals excessive ATED’s, excused and/or unexcused. Such staff member(s) shall remind parents of the attendance policy, explain the ramifications of excessive ATEDs, stress the importance of class attendance and discuss appropriate intervention strategies to correct the situation.
Unexcused ATEDs will result in disciplinary action consistent with the district’s code of conduct. Those penalties may include, for example, detention or in-school suspension. Students may also be denied the privilege of participating in or attending extracurricular events.
In addition, the designated staff member will contact local Child Protective Services (CPS) if they suspect that the child is being educationally neglected. The designated staff member will provide CPS with the information necessary to initiate a report. If other staff members suspect education neglect, they must follow the procedures outlined in Board policy and regulation 5460, Child Abuse in a Domestic Setting, and advise the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.
Tardiness to school
Procedure for both schools:
Additional Procedures for the Mackenzie Elementary School grades Pre K through Kindergarten:
Additional procedures for the Eldred Junior-Senior High School:
Tardiness to school:
Tardiness to class:
Make up work:
The Board of Education recognizes an important relationship between class attendance and student performance. Consequently, each marking period a student’s final grade may be based on classroom participation as well as student’s performance on homework, tests, papers, projects, etc.
Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes.
All students with an excused ATED are expected upon their return to consult with their teachers regarding missed work.
The Board shall annually review building-level student attendance records and, if such records show a decline in student attendance, the Board shall revise this comprehensive attendance policy and make any revisions to the plan it deems necessary to improve student attendance.
Cross ref: 4710, Grading Systems
5300, Code of Conduct
5460, Child Abuse in a Domestic Setting
Ref: Education Law §§1709; 3024; 3025; 3202; 3205-3213; 3225
8 NYCRR §§104.1; 175.6
Social Service Law §34-a
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