Parent Call-In 362-7249
School attendance is mandatory in New York State from the age of six (6) until the age of seventeen (17). By law, parents are held responsible for their child’s unexcused absences.
Excused Absences, Tardies and Early Departures
• Personal illness
• Illness or death in family
• Unsafe travel condition (may not be used when busses are running)
• Religious observance
• Medical appointment
• Required court appearance
• Late bus
Examples of unexcused absence or lateness to school include, but are not limited to:
• Family vacation
• Missed bus
• Private instruction
If your child is ill or unable to attend school, parents should call the 24-hour parent call in number at 362-7249 before 8:00 AM or as soon as possible. In order for an absence to be recorded as an “Excused Absence”, an absence note for the absence must be received in the Attendance Office within five (5) days of the student’s return to school. The note must include child’s name, reason for absence, date and signature of a parent, or person in parental relation. Calls to the Attendance Office do not take the place of an absence note. Any absence without a note is considered illegal. Students are considered “Present” for the day only when a student is present for more than 50% of the instructional day.
The literature on student achievement clearly indicates that regular attendance is one of the most essential elements to academic success and every effort should be made to schedule appointments outside of the school day
Making Up Missed Work
In the case of an excused absence, students will have the opportunity to make up work that is assigned or collected on the day of that absence. The student will be responsible for meeting with teachers regarding missed assignments. Parents may contact the Attendance Office to request assignments in cases of prolonged (more than three days) absence. Less than three days absence students should check in Aspen and the school's website under the Homework section for assignments. Teachers will update the homework by 4:00 p.m. every day. If a student misses a class due to a music lesson, field trip, special activity, etc., he/she is responsible for checking with his/her teacher(s) PRIOR to this absence to obtain work that will be covered that day. Each student will be expected to complete all work that was missed.
Teachers are not required to give a student credit for work assigned or collected on the day of an unexcused absence.
Early Dismissal from school for reasons other than medical or dental appointments are discouraged. If an early dismissal is necessary, a written request giving a brief explanation, signed by your parent or guardian needs to be presented in the Attendance Office before 9:05 AM. A pass to leave the building will be issued for the time requested. Students returning to school after an early dismissal are to report back to the Attendance Office with the pass for re-admittance. If no specific reason for early dismissal is given, the absence resulting from the early dismissal may be recorded by the Attendance Office as an “Unexcused Absence.”