A.  Excused Absences

Medical appointments such as annual or routine checkups, visits to the emergency department/urgent care, dental appointments, orthodontic appointments, physical therapy, etc. are acceptable reasons for absence from school.

In order for these appointments to be excused, we need a doctor’s note stating that the student was seen, and including the date and the reason for the appointment. 

Please click HERE to view the School Committee's policy for Absences and Excuses

Please click HERE to view the School Committee's policy for Exclusion and Exemptions from School Attendance

B.  Class Attendance

Students are expected to be present each day school is in session. When a child is out of school for more than five (5) consecutive days or for a contagious illness, a note from the attending physician may be required before the student can be re-admitted to school.

According to Mass General Laws, Chapter 119, Section 21, sentence D: a child in need of services is one who “when not otherwise excused from attendance in accordance with lawful and reasonable school regulations, willfully fails to attend school for more than 8 school days in a quarter.”

The following are considered acceptable reasons for absence from school:

  1. Personal illness or injury
  2. A death in the family
  3. A religious holiday related to the student’s creed or beliefs
  4. Required and documented court appearances

Upon returning to school, the student must bring a dated note from the parent/guardian stating the reason for the absence. Notes are due within three days and is subject to review by school administration.

Absences due to extenuating circumstances may be excused if arrangements are made and approved in advance with the administration.

When a student is absent and the administration suspects abuse of the attendance policy, one or more of the following may occur:

  1. A Physician’s note will be required
  2. A conference will be held with a building administrator
  3. The Attendance Officer will be notified if a student misses more than 11% of class time
  4. Court proceedings will be initiated

C.  Unexcused Absences

The following are considered unacceptable reasons for absence from school.
  1. Truancy: Truancy results when the student is absent from school or leaves school grounds without permission.
  2. Vacations: It should be specifically noted that personal and family vacations are not to be considered an acceptable reason for absence from school.
  3. Non-school related activities: Participation in non-school related activities such as beauty pageants, athletic tournaments and private lessons.

D.  Tardiness and Early Dismissals

When a student is tardy to class or dismissed from class there is an inevitable disruption to class proceedings. It interrupts the teaching-learning procedures that are already in progress. This is not fair to the students who are in class on time. If a student is tardy, a note from the parent is required explaining the reason for tardiness. If a child was tardy because of a medical appointment, a doctor’s note is required. Tardiness to class may result in consequences in the classroom.  Sufficient passing time has been established for all students throughout the school day.

It is contrary to the Attendance Policy of the Leicester Public Schools to allow students to be dismissed prior to the end of the school day. Should a parent insist upon the early dismissal of his/her child they must follow the following procedure:

On the day of the dismissal, a note should be sent to school with your child stating the reason for the dismissal and a phone number where the parent can be reached for confirmation. The note is due in the office prior to the beginning of the school day. Before the child is released from school, a dismissal form must be completed. These forms will become part of the student’s file. Frequent dismissals will result in the same consequences as frequent tardiness. These INCLUDE dismissals at the end of the day.

Tardiness and dismissals should not be confused with 1/2-day absences. Students who are tardy or dismissed for more than one-half the session are considered absent for the whole day.

Progressive disciplinary action will be taken for multiple unexcused tardiness. If tardiness/dismissals become a frequent/habitual problem, court intervention (CHINS proceedings) may also occur in conjunction with school discipline. Tardiness and dismissals are excused for the same reasons as absence.

E.  Student Arrivals and Dismissals

Students are not to be in the building before 7:30 a.m. for any reason, unless attending the school breakfast program which begins at 7:20 as there is no proper supervision. The front parking lot/main entrance area is reserved for buses only between 7:10 a.m. and 7:40 a.m. Parents may drop students off no earlier than 7:20 a.m. on the side of the building near the gym.

Students arriving after 7:40 a.m. will be marked tardy to school and should report to the main office before reporting to their first period class.

Dismissal will begin at 2:10 p.m. Parent pick-up will be at the side door near the gym.

Parents and students are strictly prohibited from leaving vehicles idling while on school property.

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A. Excused Absences
B. Class Attendance
C. Unexcused Absences
D. Tardiness and Dismissals
E. Student Arrivals and Dismissals