We have an attendance policy and it must be
followed per the Waterbury Board of Education.
I will attempt to highlight and summarize it for
After 4 absences in one month or 10 in a
school year the parent MUST come in to school
for a meeting with the teacher, principal, and
At ten (10) absences in a school year the
student can be referred to Waterbury Youth
After 20 absences in one year the student will
be retained in the current grade for the 2019-20 school year.
This can be waived after notification WITHIN
TEN DAYS of the 20th absence with an appeal request.
Students are considered truant if they have
missed 10% of the school year per the State of
This must be done in writing by the parent
requesting the waiver. Final decision will be
made by the principal and attendance team.
A student can only have 2 appeals granted in
elementary school. Therefore, if the student has
already had 2 appeals granted then he/she will
NOT be granted another one until Middle
If you would like a copy of the attendance
and/or truancy policy, please contact the school
and we would be pleased to send one home for
you. It is on the city website Waterbury.
K12.CT.US under Board of Education policies.
This policy was formulated in order to ensure
that students attend school regularly to ensure
their future academic success. Your
cooperation is greatly appreciated.
All students must attend school 4 ½ hours per
day as stated in the Board of Education policy.
Anything less than 4 ½ hours will be
considered an absence.
DID YOU KNOW?
• Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.
• Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read.
• Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.
• Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
• Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.
Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance
will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.
Help Your Child Succeed in School:
Build the Habit of Good Attendance Early.
School success goes hand in hand with good attendance!
WHAT YOU CAN DO
• Set a regular bed time and morning routine.
• Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
• Find out what day school starts and make sure your child has the required shots.
• Introduce your child to her teachers and classmates before school starts to help her transition.
• Don’t let your child stay home unless she is truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
• If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make her feel comfortable and excited about learning.
• Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
• Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.