District Policy on Student Attendance
September 9, 2015
In accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A 18A:38-25, every parent, guardian, or other person having control or custody of a child that attends the Deptford Township Public Schools shall cause the child to regularly attend school.
Students that are absent from school will be considered excused or unexcused, both of which count towards truancy. A “school day” shall consist of not less than four hours in elementary and secondary schools. In Kindergarten two and one-half hours will be considered a full day of school and Pre-Kindergarten will require one hour of attendance. These hours will be calculated by instructional time and do not include lunch or recess. This has been established in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A: 16-7.6(a) 4, Policy and Regulation 5200.
Each building will be responsible for notifying parents in writing of students absences on the fourth, eighth, and tenth day of absences. Any student that accumulates ten (10) or more excused or unexcused absences will be placed on an attendance action plan. This action plan will require all future absences to be accompanied by a doctor’s note. On the fifteenth (15th) day of absence from school, the parent/guardian will be referred to the proper authorities for adjudication.
Students who arrive to school after the start of the school day in which they can accumulate four hours of instructional time or two and one-half hours in kindergarten and one hour in Pre-K will be deemed tardy. The accumulation of three tardies will equate to one full day absence.
Prolonged or repeated absences, excused or unexcused, from school or from class, deprive students of the educational and classroom experiences deemed essential to learning and may result in retention. As a district we must set high standards for our students with the expectation that they will achieve success.
If you have any questions regarding Policy 5200 or these procedures please do not hesitate to contact your child’s building administrator or the superintendent’s office. I thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.
Dr. Charles R. Ford Jr. Ms. Maria Gioffre
Deptford Township Schools Central Early Childhood Center