To report an absence, please call the Attendance Office at 908-638-2120 or email Michele Pennucci at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
In accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 18A:38-25, 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 the child to regularly to attend school. The Board of Education requires students enrolled in the school district to attend school regularly in accordance with the laws of the State.
In accordance with the provisions of N.J.A.C. 6A:16-7.6, and for the purposes of this Policy and Regulation 5200, a student’s absence from school will be excused or unexcused that counts toward truancy.
Students that are absent from school for any reason are responsible for the completion of assignments missed because of their absence. A student who is absent from school for observing a religious holiday shall not be deprived of any award, eligibility, or opportunity to compete for any award, or deprived of the right to take an alternate test or examination that was missed because of the absence provided there is a written excuse of such absence signed by the parent.
Prolonged or repeated absences, excused or unexcused, from school or from class, deprive students of the educational and classroom experiences deemed essential to learning and may result in retention at grade level or loss of credit or removal from a course that would count toward the high school diploma in accordance with policies of this Board.
Students shall be subjected to the school district’s response for unexcused absences that count toward truancy during the school year as outlined in N.J.A.C. 6A:16-7.6(a)4 and Regulation 5200.
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.