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Attendance Requirements

New Jersey State Law requires that all children up to age sixteen (16) attend school regularly. It is essential that children attend school as regularly as possible in order that they may benefit fully from the school programs offered. Students are expected to be in attendance on all days that school is in session.

ABSENCES: Some reasons for not attending school are:
  • Personal illness
  • Death in the family
  • Religious holidays (see: List of Religious Holidays)
  • Court appearances
  • Administratively approved absences
Pupils absent for any reason must make up assignments, classwork, and tests within a reasonable length of time. Teachers will not provide students with advance work for absences due to vacations.

Parents/guardians are requested to call the school office each day the child is absent, otherwise the absence is considered UNEXCUSED. The schools have voice mail which can be utilized when school is not in session.

School authorities will call the parent or guardian of any absent pupil unless otherwise notified of said absence. Should it be necessary for a student to be absent from school for any reason, the student is required to bring a written excuse from home, signed by the parent or guardian. This excuse should be transmitted the day the student returns to school. The written excuse will be viewed by the teacher and/or nurse and kept on file for reference. Repeated (excused/unexcused) absence from school will be subject to review by administration.

TARDINESS: Any student arriving late for school shall report to the school office BEFORE going to class, to be signed in by a parent or guardian. A note should be provided stating the reason for the tardiness. Students are expected to arrive at school on time, as lateness is disruptive to the educational process.

EARLY RELEASE: Should it be necessary for a child to be taken out of school for a valid reason before the regular dismissal time, please adhere to the following procedures. These measures are designed to protect your child.
  1. If you know in advance that early release time will be necessary, please advise the teacher in writing.
  2. Come to the Main Office and note your presence and purpose in the appropriate book on the office counter. DO NOT GO DIRECTLY TO THE STUDENT'S CLASSROOM. Teachers are not authorized to release students.
  3. Should it be necessary to have your child picked up by someone other than yourself, please send a note to school to grant permission, and remember to state the name of the person who will be picking up your child. In case of an emergency, a phone call will suffice.
  4. No student will be released before the regular dismissal time unless a parent/guardian, or other appointed person comes to school to escort the child home.
  5. Children may be released from school only to that parent or guardian who holds legal custody of the child or someone approved by the legal custodian of the child.