Absences

Attendance Procedure

A note or a telephone call from home is required for all absences.  A parent/guardian may call the office at 
447-6364, extension 11, to leave a message, or write a note indicating your name, date of absence, reason, 
and parent signature.  Excused absences include those caused by personal illness, family crisis or 
exceptional circumstances approved by the principal or principal's designee.  Examples of unexcused 
absences are truancy, babysitting, shopping, haircuts, running errands, etc.


Planned absences

We encourage all family vacations to be planned during school vacation times.  Many classroom 
experiences cannot be replicated.  If you are going to be absent for one or more days for a vacation or 
family outing, you must pick up an Excused Absence Form from the office.  The form must be signed by 
each teacher and returned to the office with a note from a parent at least five school days prior to the 
absence.  Arrangements for make-up work will be your responsibility.  You should make these 
arrangements with your teachers prior to leaving.  Some work may be provided in advance, but most will 
have to be completed soon after returning and time for make-up work will be provided.


Early Dismissal

You must bring a signed note from your parent/guardian to the office before school if you need to be 
dismissed early.  A dismissal slip will be given to you.

Absence Procedure

The purpose of the absence procedure is to ensure that you maintain a good attendance record and comply 
with New Hampshire State Law.  The State and the Kennett Middle School community recognize the 
positive relationship between good attendance and success in our schools.  We also understand that some 
absences are unavoidable and beyond your control.  Therefore, these procedures have been developed to 
ensure you are attending school on a consistent and regular basis.

1. Your parent or guardian should call the office on the morning of each day’s absence, whenever 
possible.  Every effort will be made to contact your home on the day of the absence or the next day.  If 
we do not hear from the parent or guardian after two attempts, the absence will be considered unexcused.

2. After 10 consecutive or 20 total days absence, a conference will be held with you, your 
parents/guardians, the Guidance Counselor, and the Nurse.  A status report and action plan will be 
developed and forwarded to the office.


Tardy Procedure

The purpose of our tardy procedure is to develop the importance of responsibility and punctuality.  We 
feel this is an important lesson for you to learn.  However, we acknowledge that sometimes circumstances 
are beyond your control.  If you are tardy to school, you must report directly to the office to obtain a tardy 
slip.  If you are tardy, you must have either a note from a parent or we must receive a telephone call 
explaining the reason for each late arrival.  The first five tardies of the marking term will be considered 
excused, no matter what the reason.  Starting with the sixth tardy, all tardies will be considered unexcused 
unless you come with a note from a dentist, doctor, or legal documentation.  Each unexcused tardy will 
result in an office detention.
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