Students are expected to be in attendance on all days and hours that school is in session. Absence from school restricts and inhibits the student’s ability to complete the prescribed curriculum requirements. It also violates New Jersey State Law, which requires students to attend school regularly. The law states:
Every parent, guardian or other person having custody and control of a child between the ages of six (6) and sixteen (16) years shall cause such child regularly to attend the public schools for children of similar grades and attainments or to receive instruction elsewhere than at school (18A: 38-25).
Such regular attendance shall be during all the days and hours that the public schools are in session in the school district, unless it is shown to the satisfaction of the Board of Education that the mental condition of the child is such that he cannot benefit from instruction in the school or that the bodily condition of the child is such as to prevent his attendance at school, but nothing herein shall be construed as permitting the temporary or permanent exclusion from school by the Board of Education of any district of any child between the ages of 5 and 20, except as explicitly otherwise provided by law (18A-38: 25-26).
School attendance is the responsibility of the student and the parents. The student who absents himself/herself from school/class impedes and complicates the teaching-learning process.
The Board of Education neither condones nor permits absences from school for any reason not specified in the law, and course credit will not be issued if the student attendance requirement is not met. This may affect eligibility for graduation.
If students are to be dismissed early due to Dr. appointments, etc. they should bring a note from their parent/guardian to be given to Mrs. Pennucci in the attendance office the morning of the appointment. The student will then be given a pass to be released from class. This would be greatly appreciated as there are times when classes cannot be interrupted or a student cannot be reach.