ABSENCE AND REPORTING ABSENCES

Attendance Policy

Our attendance policy was developed in response to New York State Education Department's mandate that all schools have an attendance policy with clearly articulated procedures and guidelines. Regular attendance is not only essential to your child's progress in school but also counts on the school’s yearly progress report. Regular attendance promotes self-discipline and responsibility, essential life skills your child will need in the years ahead.

Reporting Absences

If your child is absent, don't call the main office. Instead, send a note explaining the date(s) of and reason for the absence when your child returns to school. Sending a note does not erase the absence, it just provides information so it can be properly coded in our attendance system. If you anticipate an extended absence, please notify your child's teacher and the main office at 718-822-5341.

Absences and lateness will be recorded on your child's official records. To view your child's official records, visit Arisparentlink.org. You'll need your child's student ID. If you notice any attendance discrepancies, please notify the classroom teacher. Changes cannot be made through Aris; they must be made by the pupil accounting secretary in the main office.

Making Up Homework Assignments

Children who are absent from school are responsible for making up any missed homework. Those who feel well enough at the end of the school day should contact a classmate for the homework assignment. Please do not come to school during the day to get your child's homework, as teachers are unable to interrupt instruction to accommodate your request.

If your child will be absent when school is in session--for example, to go a vacation-your child will receive the missed work from the classroom teacher when the child returns to school. Teachers will not give homework in advance of an absence or stay late to explain work missed while your child was on vacation.

In addition, please note the following:

Extended-day classes are part of the school day. Please do not schedule appointments or social outings during extended-day hours. Likewise, please do not allow your child to leave extended-day classes early without a valid reason (such as illness).

Schedule family vacations, trips and other activities when school is not in session. Students who are absent may be able to make up some assignments, but they can never recapture a teacher's explanations, in-class assignments or special activities. During an extended absence, your child may not be able to make up the work because assignments are not as meaningful if the child has not participated in previous lessons.

Middle may schools use attendance as a determining factor during the application process. Given equal ability and achievement, students who have good attendance and punctuality may have an advantage over those who do not.

State law requires schools to record and track student attendance and document the reason for every student's absence. When your child returns to school after an absence, you must write a note explaining the reason so we can apply the appropriate code in our records.