Students are expected to be present in school every day. It is essential to each student’s academic progress that they actively participate in class and submit work on time.
Present means that the student is physically present in the classroom/school learning environment for instruction during the scheduled school day.
Attendance is taken each morning at 8:05 AM..
Attendance below 90% is considered chronically absent.
If the student will be absent, inform the Main Office (718) 526-0160 and their classroom teacher via email and/or Class Dojo..
If the student is absent due to illness, inform the teacher and submit a doctor’s note to the Main Office upon returning to school.
Please note that a doctor’s note does not excuse a student's absence.
If the student will have an extended absence due to travel plans, contact the Main Office and your child's teacher before you travel.
You will be asked to submit copies of the travel itinerary (tickets, etc.), so that your child is not discharged. Please remember that travel during school time is highly discouraged, unless there is an emergency situation.
If you are experiencing extenuating circumstances that are causing the student to be absent, inform the Main Office and the teacher so that we can try and provide support for your family.
If there is a pattern of absences, a member of the Attendance Team or Attendance Teacher will make outreach to you to determine a reason for the child’s absence and to offer support.
A lack of cooperation from families will result in the school eliciting support from external agencies.
Punctuality & Preparedness
It is essential that students are prepared, on time, and ready to learn each and every school day.
If a student is not at their line/table/classroom at the time the teacher is taking attendance, he/she will be marked absent.
If your child arrives after 8:05 am, they will be marked as late.
Frequent lateness will be reported to the Attendance Officer.
Late arrivals often put your child behind for the rest of the morning and are disruptive to the class.
Arriving on time to school is also a lifelong habit that needs to be established early in a child’s life.
If you have any questions about attendance, contact the Main Office.