Certain procedures have been established by practice and by law to handle those situations where students are absent.
- On the day the absence occurs: A parent should call the attendance office 716-937-9116 ext 6133 in the morning to notify the school of the absence and reason. If this call is not made, the attendance clerk will attempt to call the home of the absent student. Calls home are generally conducted starting at 9:30am.
- Upon return to school:The student should bring a signed note to the attendance office to be re-admitted to school. The note should indicate the date(s) absent and the reason for the absence. If illness exceeds (3) consecutive school days, a doctor's excuse is necessary. Signed notes from parents will be evaluated to determine if the absence is excused or unexcused. These notes will be used by attendance and the principal to determine extenuating circumstances should absences exceed state mandates. Notes should be presented to the Primary School attendance (main) office between 8:05 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. to be accepted as excused. However, students may bring their note the following day. If a note is not received or phone contact has not been made, the student will receive an unexcused absence for the day. All notes are filed for audit.
- Early Dismissal: Whenever a student has an early dismissal for a Medical/Dental appointment, he/she must bring a note verifying the appointment from the Medical/Dental office or parent.
- Regardless of reason for exiting, entering and/or re-entering school during the day, the student must report to the main office for admission.
Regular school attendance is essential for a student to make the most of his or her education—to benefit from teacher-led and school activities, to build each day’s learning on the previous day’s, and to grow as an individual. Absences from class may result in serious disruption of a student’s mastery of the instructional materials; therefore, the student and parent should make every effort to avoid unnecessary absences.
Please contact your private provider for specific questions about your child, or your School Nurse (ext 6137) for general questions.