Attendance Policy


Regular and punctual attendance at school is essential to each child’s continuous intellectual, social, and psychological growth. Education is a long range sequential process and is hampered by unnecessary absence or frequent tardiness.

The New York State Educational Law states that absence from school for the following reasons is excusable: personal sickness, death or sickness in the family, impassable roads or weather making travel unsafe, religious observance, quarantine, approved educational trips, required presence in court, attendance at organized clinics, and remedial health treatment. Absence for any other reason is illegal and must be so marked on the pupil’s official record.

Please do not plan a vacation when school is in session. This is considered an illegal absence. If you absolutely need to plan a vacation during school, please discuss this with your child/children’s teacher. All work will be made up when the child returns to school. Please make every effort to schedule medical appointments after school hours, as this disrupts the continuity of the school day for your child. If your child will not be in attendance at school on a specific day, you must phone the school office between 7:30-8:30 AM at 385- 3322 x-252.

After absences, your child must return to school with a note and the reason for the absence. If the note is not sent, it will be considered an unexcused absence, as mandated by NYS.

This note, signed by the parent, gives the date(s) and the reason for the absence. If the note is not sent in, the teacher will call to remind the parents. This is mandated by NYS. 12