Attendance Policy



   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

attendance counselor.

   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.


• 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!


• 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.

Generali Elementary School
3196 E. Main St
Waterbury, CT 06705
Phone: (203)574-8174

Fax: (203)574-6719