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The State Law of New York requires all children of school age from 6 to 16 years to attend school during the entire school year.  Therefore, regular and punctual attendance to all classes is required.  Parents will assist the faculty in execution of their duties by conforming with the following requirements.

Have the students arrive at school early enough that he/she can be in his/her seat by 8:30 a.m.  A student is considered tardy if he/she is not in his proper place at the correct time.  The school day extends from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Mondays – Thursdays, and from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Fridays.  Any students arriving after 8:30 a.m. is considered late and will need a late pass from the school office to gain entry into the classroom.

Arrange dental and medical appointments outside of school hours except in cases of emergencies when the health of the child would otherwise be impaired.

Arrange to give the student sufficient rest each night.  Long hours before the radio and television set are detrimental to the health of the students.  Sufficient rest is one of the greatest aids to learning.

A written note to the teacher/principal signed by the parent/guardian is required for each absence or tardiness.  This practice will help us alert you in the event of any irregularity or emergency in your child’s program.  Please note that according to State regulations three lateness are counted as one absence.  Parents are asked to work with the school in this area to avoid truancy charges.

Repeated Absences or Tardiness:

Students who are repeatedly absent or tardy will be referred to the Disciplinary Committee for Disciplinary Action.

Excess of (6) six unexcused tardiness or absences, will require the parent/guardian to attend a parent/teacher principal conferences before the student is re-admitted to class.

Acceptable excuses for non-attendance include:

Verified illness of the student.

Medical Emergency, dental, or optometric service.



Un-Acceptable excuses for non-attendance include:

Absence from school to take music, art, or other lessons.

Absence from school to run errands.

Absence from school to carry papers, to help care for children, to help at home in case of illness of other member of the family, to assist in house work, or lack of proper clothing for recreation. 

Tardiness and Absence Penalty:

A student who is absent as many as (7) seven days out of a period of nine weeks, may forfeit his/her grades unless it is evident to the teacher that his/her work has been satisfactorily made up.

Tardiness and absences are excused only when a note signed by a parent/guardian is sent to the principal.  If a student is absent (2) two or more consecutive days, please inform the school by phone.

Absence from School Premises:

Students will not be permitted to leave the school premises any time during the day, without a written permission or a request in person from the parent/guardian.

No student will be permitted to leave the school premises with anyone other than those known to be the bona fide guardian, parent, or those authorized by them.


A parent/guardian should contact the school by 9:00 a.m. to report a child’s absence from school due to illness or any emergency.  A written note signed by the parent/guardian is required by law following each absence from school.  Parents are urged to comply with this regulation for the protection of all.  A doctor’s note will be required from students returning to school after a contagious disease or serious illness.

Dismissal and Pick-up:

Except in cases of emergency, school will be dismissed at 4:00 p.m. from Monday - Thursday and at 1:00 p.m. on Friday.  Parents are asked to make all necessary arrangements no later than 3:30 on Monday through Thursday and 1:15 on Friday.  All children who are still at school unsupervised after the times stated above, will be placed in the After-School Program and will be charged for the time spent there.


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