Student Absences

Regular and consistent attendance is essential to learning. It enhances students’ academic success and contributes to a respectful school atmosphere. The goal of the student attendance policy is to promote consistent, daily school and class attendance.

Please keep the following practices in mind this school year:

  • Parents/Guardians must call the school to give notification of an absence by no later than 10:30AM.
  • Parent please call 617.349.6567 x7 to report an absence/tardy.
  • If a call is not made, a note from the parent/guardian or the student’s medical
    provider is due on the day that the student returns to school explaining the absence. No student, however, shall be sent home to obtain a written explanation from his/her parent/guardian during a school session.
  • In the instance of a chronic or irregular absence due to illness, the school principal may request a physician’s statement in order to justify the absence.
  • If an extended absence of a student is foreseen, the parent/guardian should contact the principal to make arrangements for the completion of academic requirements.
  • A student who is truant, chronically absent or tardy will be referred to the Office of Safety and Security.

Excused absences include:

  • Absences attributable to personal health;
  • Grieving due to a death in the family;
  • Observance of a religious holiday;
  • Medical appointments that absolutely cannot be made outside of school hours or counseling visits;
  • Legal matters requiring a personal appearance;
  • Suspensions in or out of school;
  • School-related trips, assemblies or meetings;

Unexcused absences include:

  • Truancy from school or from individual classes;
  • Trips not approved in advance by the principal;
  • Leaving the school building during the school day without signing out in the Main Office;
  • Oversleeping or otherwise being tardy to school (Three unexcused tardies will be counted as one unexcused absence);
  • Any other absence that is not reported by a parent/guardian or medical provider by telephone or written note;
  • After 6 unexcused absences a call will be made home by the teacher, school counselor, nurse etc.
  • After 9 unexcused absences an official letter from the principal will be sent home to the family;
  • Should absences continue after the letter, the family, principal, counselor and John Silva from the safety department will meet to discuss options and outcomes.

Each teacher shall keep an electronic record of student absences or tardies. A student who enters the classroom after 8:55 a.m shall be recorded as tardy and needs to report to the office to get a tardy pass. Parents/guardians will be notified of any absence and/or tardiness by a student with a computer-generated phone call.

When a child has been tardy five (5) times or has been absent five (5) days or ten (10) half-days in the previous six (6) months for which no lawful excuse for said tardies or absences has been presented, the principal of the school in which such child is enrolled may report the attendance record to the Superintendent of Schools.

Any student with an excused absence from school or class will be allowed to make up the class assignments according to school policy.