Attendance Policy

Attendance Policy
Regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare your
child for success—both in school and in life. When you make school attendance a
priority, you help your child to earn better grades, develop healthy life habits, avoid
dangerous behavior and have a better chance of graduating from high school. When
students are absent for fewer days, their grades and reading skills often improve.
Students who attend school regularly also feel more connected to their community,
develop important social skills and friendships, and are significantly more likely to
graduate from high school, setting them up for a strong future. But when kids are
absent for an average of just two days of school per month, it can have a negative
impact. These absences can affect kids as early as Pre-Kindergarten.
It is advised that Parents do NOT take their children on extended vacations or trips
overseas during the school year. As parents/ guardians, you are legally responsible for
making sure your child attends school on a daily basis and arrives on time, prior to 8:00
am. Schools are mandated to report all incidences of possible educational neglect.
Children should not be kept out of school for an extended amount of time.
The Attendance Team is committed to making sure that ALL our students are given the
opportunity to succeed. Phone calls are made daily and letters are sent home to
address student’s attendance. Parents of students who are absent more than 5 times
within the school year without a valid reason may be invited to a meeting with the
Attendance Team. A home visit will be conducted for students who are absent 10
times in a year. Please know that a student’s absence will be documented
accordingly. Vacations should be planned in accordance with the NYCDOE School
Calendar. Every child is expected to attend school daily and be on time for all classes.