Nativity School has developed an attendance policy in accordance with New York State Education Law Section 3205 and to be implemented on July 1, 2002. This policy will help uphold the philosophy of the school as stated in this handbook.
The elements of our comprehensive attendance policy are as follows:
Objectives: To ensure the maintenance of an adequate record verifying the attendance of all children at instruction in accordance with Education Law 3205; to establish a practical mechanism for Nativity School to provide accountability of all students throughout each school day; and to ensure sufficient pupil attendance at all scheduled periods of actual instruction or supervised student activities.
Strategies to Meet Objectives: Use of a daily register of attendance (Computerized or written), use of a recording system in departmentalized grades, use of a recording system for excused or unexcused absence for a day or portion of a day, use of a recording system for tardiness or early departure, use of a recording system for each scheduled day of instruction, and use of dates for entries and withdrawal of enrollment.
When Attendance will be Recorded: Daily at the elementary level or period-by-period at elementary level that is departmentalized and when students attend special area classrooms.
Determination of Excused and Unexcused Absences: Excused absences shall include sickness, sickness or death in family, required to be in court, approved high school visits, quarantine, religious observance, attendance at health clinics, or “Take Your Child to Work Day.”
Unexcused absences shall include unlawful detention, truancy, suspension, and family vacations.
Attendance and Course Credit: Schools within the Diocese of Buffalo Catholic Education System believe that student attendance in school increases student success. In order for each student to develop their personal talents, pursue academic quality, foster responsibility and leadership, we encourage parental support in the educational success of their children. Regular attendance in school is essential for student success. Subjects are taught in sequence and require the understanding of each concept in the order of its presentation.
Therefore, students who miss thirty(30) days of school, and have not met periodically with the school administration, are in jeopardy of retention. At a conference with the school administration and teachers, alternative education plans will be determined. It is the parent’s responsibility to notify school administration of an attendance concern and to request such a conference.
Description of incentives and/or sanctions: Perfect Attendance Award given in accordance with school policy, regular attendance determines participation in special occasion days or events, regular attendance determines promotion, and excessive irregular attendance warrants notification of proper authorities.
Description of Notification of Parents: Parents notify school for absence and/or tardiness by 8 a.m.; school will call if parent has not called by 8 a.m.; students who are tardy must first report to the school office, a written excuse must be completed by the parent giving a specific reason for the absence or tardiness within three(3) days; if an excuse is not received within three(3) days, the absence is recorded as unexcused; unexcused absence or tardiness is recorded in the school register of attendance; a note is submitted to the school office when a student is going to be released early and the parent or guardian must come to the school office and sign out the student to be released.
Description of Intervention Strategies: School personnel will keep the administration aware of persistent attendance problems or patterns. The school notifies the parents of the problem or pattern. If the problem or pattern persists, the school administration will notify the proper authorities.
Identification of Person to Review Attendance Records and Initiate Action: Pupil attendance records shall be reviewed by the principal for the purpose of initiating appropriate action to address unexcused absences, tardiness, and early departure.