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 staff and their peers. School attendance is a serious matter. The State of Connecticut Education Law, Section 10-198a states any child, age five to eighteen years of age who is absent from school without acceptable reason is considered to be truant. The truancy law further states that a truant is a child age five to eighteen in a public or private school who has four unexcused absences in any one month or ten unexcused absences in one year. When your child is absent from school, please call the main office ((203) 574-8189) and send in a note to your child’s teacher informing them of the reason for the absence. Students are expected to make up all work missed due to absences within three days of returning to school.

Regular attendance is essential to the educational progress of your child. So that we may inform you if your child is absent without explanation, the law also requires that we obtain from you a working telephone number and other means of contacting you during the school day.


Reminder to Parents:  Please remember Parent Notes are only acceptable for the First Initial Nine (9) student absences.  A doctor's note will be accepted for Chronic Illness.  Please ask treatment providers to schedule appointments for students after the school day has ended.  The limit for absenteeism is 20 days out of school (excused and unexcused) and absence in excess of that limit will result in retention.  If there is a family emergency which makes it necessary to leave the state or country please provide supporting documentation (i.e. an obituary or a letter stating the emergency).

Sprague Elementary School
1443 Thomaston Ave
Waterbury , CT 06704
Phone: 203.574.8189

Fax: 203.573.6622