Attendance Policies

 

 Attendance Policy

The Waterbury Board of Education requires all students to attend school on a consistent basis.  Each student shall be present to participate in class instruction and to learn through interaction with faculty and their peers.  When your child is absent from school, please call the main office and send a note to your child’s teacher informing them of the reason for the absence.  Acceptable reasons of absence are health, including illness, incapacity or doctor’s visit, religious holidays, court appearances, funerals, approved school activities, suspension and limited absences from school for special activities with parent consent.  Students are expected to make up all work missed due to absences within 3 days of returning to school.

Board of Education policy reads that “Any student enrolled in the Waterbury School System in grades K - 5 whose combined excused and unexcused absences exceeded 19 days automatically receives a grade of incomplete for all subjects.  Failures due to absences may be appealed to an Appeals Board.  Appeals must be made within 5 days of issuance of report cards.   “The initiation of the appeals process is the sole responsibility of the parent/guardian of the student.”

Tardiness/ Early Dismissal - For the purpose of tardiness and early dismissal, “excused” is defined the same as “excused” absence.  A pupil who is tardy or dismissed early must report to the office before reporting to the classroom.  Pupils are considered tardy or dismissed early if not in class when the bell rings.  For every three unexcused tardies to school or for every three early dismissals from school, one unexcused day of absence will be assessed to the student’s academic record.  Regardless whether the tardy or early dismissal is excused or unexcused, the student must be preset in school for 4 1/2 hours in order to receive attendance credit for the day.