REPORTING REASON FOR STUDENT ABSENCE
PARENT/GUARDIAN’S GUIDE FOR INFORMING THE SCHOOL THEIR CHILD WILL BE ABSENT, TARDY OR DISMISSED EARLY FROM SCHOOL.
To inform the school your child will be absent, tardy or dismissed early are as follows:
THE PREFERRED METHOD IS VIA EMAIL
KHS Email for Absences: email@example.com
- Other (provide specific Details)
- Funeral or Death in the Family
- Student’s Court appearance (Requires court documentation)
- Illness (10 Absences or more medical notes are required: Cannot be copied must be original document from medical professional)
No absence is excused unless a note/documentation from a parent/documentation, medical or legal professional is given to the school. An email will be part of that documentation as long as the email contains a valid reason for the student’s absence. Any absence without a note/documentation will be considered an unexcused absence. Absences which exceed 10% of the current school days that are in session are considered chronically absent (this equals 4 unexcused absences in a month or 10 in a school year). Chronic absenteeism will require a parent/student meeting with administration and the school resource officer.
ALL STUDENTS MUST BE IN THEIR CLASS AT 7:35AM
KHS Email for Tardy to School: firstname.lastname@example.org
You must provide a note/documentation (please refer to absences above) to have the tardy excused. Any tardiness to school without a note/documentation will be marked unexcused. Students are allowed 3 unexcused tardies in a year. Upon the 4th and every subsequent unexcused tardy a student will have detention. Students arriving to school after 10:45AM (10:45 AM signifies the half day mark for our school day) will be marked absent. According to state requirements, students must be in school for at least half the school day to be counted as in attendance.
KHS Email for Early Dismissal to School: email@example.com
Students can be dismissed early only with a note or documentation. Please add your telephone number to the email as well. Per our policy, a KHS main office staff member will call you to confirm that the student is being dismissed early. Students dismissed for the day prior to 10:45AM (10:45 AM signifies the half day mark for our school day) will be marked absent. According to state requirements, students must be in school for at least half the school day to be counted as in attendance.
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO EMAIL, YOU MAY CALL THE ABSENTEE LINE:
Absentee line at (860-779-6669) A written explanation of why the student was absent, along with medical or legal documentation must be brought in when the student returns to school.
Any questions regarding… Attendance call Ms. Lupien at (860) 779-6627
…Tardy to school call Ms. Tarr at (860) 779-6625
…Early dismissals call Ms. Dastous at (860) 779-6624
CONNECTICUT STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
NEW DEFINITION OF EXCUSED and UNEXCUSED ABSENCES
Adopted by CSDE June 27, 2012
Excused absence - an absence from a regularly scheduled school day for at least one-half [½] of the school day; for which absence, the school has received written documentation describing the reason for the absence within ten days of the student’s return to school, or the child has been excluded from school in accordance with section 10-210 of the Connecticut General Statutes, and meets the following criteria:
1. Student total absences one (1) through nine (9) …
Any absence before the student’s tenth (10th) absence [ie: absences 1-9], is considered excused when the student’s parent-guardian approves such absence and submits appropriate written and signed documentation; and
2. Student total absences ten (10) and beyond …
For the student’s tenth (10th) absence and all absences thereafter, a student’s absences from school are considered excused only for the following reasons:
a. any-all student illness must be verified by an appropriately licensed medical professional;
b. religious holidays;
c. mandated court appearances (documentation for student required);
d. funeral or death in the student’s family, or other emergency beyond the control of the student’s family;
e. extraordinary educational opportunities pre-approved by the district administrators and in accordance with Connecticut State Department of Education guidance;
f. lack of transportation that is normally provided by a district other than the service provided by the local district [not in-district transportation].
A student is considered “in attendance” if present at his/her assigned school, or any activity sponsored by the school [ie: field trips] for at least half [½] of the regular school day. A student who is serving an out-of-school suspension or expulsion should always be considered absent. A student not meeting the definition of “in attendance” is considered absent.
Any questions about the student absence policy should be directed to Ms. Tami Lupien at: (860) 779-6627 or via email
(please see the Staff Directory above for the email address).