Attendance at school is mandated for every child age 5 - 18 and there are strict laws concerning truant students. A student is considered to be "in attendance" if present at school for at least half of the regular day. With the new definitions of excused absences, for absences 1 through 9, a student's absences is considered excused when the parent or guardian approves the absence and it is properly documented with the school. Parent's must report their child's absence to the school within 10 days. Absences NOT reported within 10 days are considered unexcused and counted toward truancy.
*A student's 10th absences and all absences over 10 in a given school year are considered excused for the following reasons:
- student illness verified by a licensed medical professional (Dr's. Note).
- student's observance of a religious holiday.
- death in the student's family or other emergency beyond the control of the student's family.
- mandated court appearances (additional documentation required).
- the lack of transportation that is normally provided by the district other than the one the student attends.
- extraordinary educational opportunities pre-approved by the district administrator and in accordance with CT State Dept of Ed. guidelines.
BMS Absence Letter to Parents
DOCUMENTING AND REPORTING AN ABSENCE
All absences must be accounted for by a parent or guardian within 10 days. Parents, may report their child's absence to the school three ways:
- For Middle School Students call 860-774-9153 and press 2 and inform Mrs. MacFarland or leave a message on voice mail. For Elementary Students call 860-774-7577 and press 2 and inform Mrs. Brennan or leave a message on voice mail.
- Send in a note with your child upon returning to school.
- Come to the school and speak directly with a school official.
Unreported absences will be considered unexcused and monitored for truancy
Under C.G.S. 10-198a, a "truant" child is defined as any student who has 4 unexcused absences in a month or 10 unexcused absences in a year. * When a student has four (4) unexcused absences in a month or ten (10) unexcused absences in a year, a meeting will be held with the Assistant Principle and the parent/guardian and a referral to the Student Assistance Team will be sent. If the parent/guardian fails to cooperate with the school, the school may file a "family with service needs" with the Court.