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Regular and punctual school attendance is essential for success in school.  The Committee does recognize that parents of children attending our schools have special rights as well as res­ponsibilities, one of which is to ensure that their children attend school regularly, in accordance with state law.


Therefore, students may be excused temporarily from school atten­dance for the following reasons:


1.         Illness or quarantine.


2.         Bereavement or serious illness in family.


3.         Weather so inclement as to endanger the health of the child.


4.         Observance of major religious holidays.


A child may also be excused for other exceptional reasons with ap­proval of the school administrator.


A student's understanding of the importance of day-to-day schoolwork is an important factor in the shaping of his character.  Par­ents can help their children by refusing to allow them to miss school needlessly.


Accordingly, parents will provide a written explanation for the ab­sence and tardiness of a child.  This will be required in advance for types of absences where advance notice is possible.


In instances of chronic or irregular absence reportedly due to ill­ness, the school administration may request a physician's statement certifying such absences to be justifiable.





LEGAL REFS.:  M.G.L. 76:1; 76:16; 76:20


Adopted on:     April 10, 2008

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