The responsibility for the implementation of the attendance policy and administrative regulation is assigned to the building principal/designee. The chief school administrator, the Board of Education and the Commissioner of Education may become involved if decisions made by the principal/designee are subsequently appealed by a pupil or his/her parents/guardians.
It is generally recognized that the courses of study and instruction are designed as to allow for a limited amount of absenteeism. Such planning will normally allow an opportunity for pupils who are legitimately absent to make up work. Such make-up work is the responsibility of the pupils.
Absences are classified as either excused or unexcused based on the guidelines provided in Policy 5200. An absence that would be considered as excused with proper documentation as noted in policy shall be considered as unexcused if written documentation is not provided within 3 school days after the student’s return to school.
Limitations on Absenteeism
To receive full credit for a high school course, a student is limited to 10 unexcused absences or 20 total (excused and unexcused) absences. (The limits for semester courses shall be 5 unexcused or 10 total absences.)
Should there be mitigating circumstances by which some of your child’s absences may be excused please contact our office for consideration of your appeal. You must initiate this appeal. You have (5) days from the date of notification to make your appeal. Please contact the main office at 732-705-5200 to set up an appointment with the Attendance Review Committee. Students placed on an attendance contract will not be permitted to attend school field trips.
The following circumstances under which a student is absent from school will constitute a valid, excusable reason for such absence, provided the necessary proof is presented to the attendance office within 3 school days after the student’s return to school.
- Illness which manifests itself after one had reported for school (approval for release by school nurse or administrator);
- Verified unavoidable appointments with a physician/dentist or court;
- Driver’s test with verification of appointment;
- College and/or job interview that could not be scheduled at another time (approval for release by administrator);
- Family emergency;
- Religious reasons;
- Such good cause as may be acceptable to the building principal/designee.
A student will be considered in attendance if participating in a school-sponsored activity away from the building – such as a field trip. In addition, a student on Home Instruction will be considered in attendance.
Absences that would be considered excused with the above documentation shall be unexcused if the written documentation is not provided within the required 3 days limitation upon the student’s return to school. Absences or missing any part of a day from school for vacation, work, auto repair, hairdresser appointments, babysitting, job interviews and similar reasons are unacceptable reasons.
*The Administration reserves the right to question the legitimacy of any note, especially in situations where there are apparent abuses of this procedure.
The school is mandated to report to the appropriate authorities violations of the law regarding the mandatory attendance of pupils below the age of sixteen (16). Repeated violations of the attendance requirements by pupils over the age of sixteen (16) may result in the suspension or expulsion of the pupil or being dropped from the school rolls. Any pupil repeatedly absent from their assigned program may be referred to the Intervention and Referral Services Committee for its recommendations.
ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL
- Please plan to arrive at school between 7:15 and 7:20 AM. Students may enter the building after 7:10 AM.
- Homeroom begins 7:20 AM. Period 1 begins promptly at 7:25 AM.
- Students arriving after 7:20 AM are to report to the front lobby for a late admission pass. (See tardiness policy.)
- When a student arrives late to homeroom the teacher submits a referral for every three (3) lates.
- Students are expected to leave the building and grounds at dismissal unless they are involved in a teacher-supervised after-school activity. Students violating this regulation will be considered loitering and may subject themselves to suspension. Students who are absent from school will be considered trespassing if on school grounds that day and may not participate in any after school activities. In all cases students may also be subject to further disciplinary action.