Comprehensive Attendance Policy
Statement of objectives to be accomplished
St. Anthony’s High School established this policy to ensure the maintenance of an
adequate record verifying the attendance of all children at instruction in accordance with
Education Law Section 3205. The policy is designed to ensure sufficient pupil
attendance at all scheduled periods of actual instruction or supervised study activities to
permit such pupils to succeed at meeting the State learning standards.
Description of the specific strategies to accomplish each objective
Attendance will be taken at the beginning of scheduled homeroom each school day.
Attendance will be taken daily at the beginning of each scheduled class.
Attendance will be taken on class and / or school field trips.
Records of student attendance in homeroom and each class period will be maintained
Determination of the kinds of absences, tardiness, and early departures that will be
excused and those that will not be excused; and a list of excused and unexcused
absences and tardiness to illustrate each (Attendance Policy is contained in each
A pupil is considered absent if not present when attendance is taken in homeroom.
A pupil is considered absent from a class if not present when attendance is taken in that
A pupil who arrives after the time fixed by school policy for the beginning of the morning
or afternoon sessions is tardy.
A pupil is absent for part of day if present when attendance is taken and then leaves
Incidents of absence and tardiness will be classified as either excused or unexcused.
An excused/legal absence/tardiness is one recognized by the Education Department
and the school administrators as valid and unavoidable.
Legal absences include
student illness, death or serious illness in the family, attendance at a health clinic, court
appearances, and/or severe weather conditions.
An unexcused/unlawful absence/tardiness occurs when the reason offered does not
show unavoidable circumstance or necessity, with the knowledge and consent of his/her
parent(s)/guardian(s). Unlawful absences include oversleeping, employment, shopping,
visiting, vacation, or being “needed at home.”
Truancy is the willful violation by a student of the compulsory attendance provisions of
Education Law. A student whose parent(s)/guardian(s) expects him/her to be present in
school, and who without a legitimate reason does not attend, is truant.
Description of the coding system used to identify the reason for pupil’s absence,
tardiness or early departure, recorded in the register of attendance
Personal/Death in Family
College Visit/ Early
Out of School Suspension OSS
In School Suspension ISS
Description of St. Anthony’s High School policy regarding pupil attendance and a pupil’s
ability to receive course credit (Attendance Policy is contained in each student
Regular attendance is a critical factor in school success for pupils. Therefore both
pupils and their parents must view regular attendance as the most effective way of
meeting course requirements. Course credit is awarded based on satisfactory
completion of course requirements. It is the responsibility of the parent to notify the
school administration of an attendance concern.
If a student accumulates 8 absences over the course of a single marking period in a
particular course (which includes late arrivals and early dismissals that result in missing
a particular class), a failing grade of 65% will automatically be imposed for any reason
other than school-approved activities, a funeral for a family member, hospitalization or
illness, which is documented by an original doctor’s note submitted upon return to
o Incentives to be used to encourage pupils to attend school
o Disciplinary sanctions to be used to discourage unexcused absences, tardiness
and early departures
St. Anthony’s High School will identify those incentives and sanctions that will promote
regular attendance. (Attendance Policy is contained in each student handbook.)
If a student accumulates 8 absences
over the course of a single marking
period in a particular course (which
includes late arrivals and early
dismissals that result in missing a
particular class), a failing grade of 65%
will automatically be imposed for any
reason other than school-approved
activities, a funeral for a family
member, hospitalization or illness,
which is documented by an original
doctor’s note submitted upon return to
An accumulation of too many
unexcused absences puts a student in
jeopardy of failure from that particular
The absence/tardiness could preclude
participation in extra-curricular activities
on that day if a student is absent for
more than 4 class periods.
A student who arrives late to school for
no legitimate reason and misses more
than 10 minutes of class, will be
considered as “cutting/absent”, and will
receive disciplinary action from the
Dean of Discipline.
St. Anthony’s reserves the right to
withhold course credit from a student if
he/she has accumulated 8 absences or
Seniors who are habitually late for
school may forfeit their driving
Description of the notice to be provided to the parents of a pupil who is absent, tardy or
leaves school early without an acceptable excuse
Parents of a pupil who is absent, tardy, or leaves school early without an acceptable
excuse will receive verbal notification from the Attendance Office.
Description of the process St. Anthony’s High School will use to develop specific
intervention strategies to address attendance problems (Attendance Policy is contained
in each student handbook.)
When a student has been absent, the school must require a written excuse from a
parent or guardian. These notes must be kept on file for one year. If a pupil is absent
without an excuse, or if the school has reason to suspect the validity of the excuse, the
parent(s)/guardian(s) of the student will be contacted by phone to discuss the situation.
An original doctor’s note for student absences of 5 or more consecutive days must be
presented to authorize a student’s return or to indicate, after 5 days, an approximated
date of return should longer absence be anticipated.
It is the responsibility of the teacher to make the parents and administration aware of
any attendance problems.
Parents will be contacted to address and discuss attendance concerns.
If necessary an outside agency/proper authority will be notified.
Identification of the person(s) designated in each school building who will be
o Reviewing attendance records
o Initiating appropriate action to address unexcused pupil attendance according to
the comprehensive attendance policy
The principal has full charge of the internal administration of the school. The Director of
Attendance is appointed by the Principal and works in close cooperation with the
Assistant Principal/Dean of Students in addition to the Dean of Faculty/Director of
Studies. (Attendance Policy is contained in Faculty Handbook.)
The Attendance Director monitors patterns of unexcused absences and will initiate
interventions to reduce such unexcused absences.
School policy includes guidelines for teachers and for the school nurse.