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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 secondary schools. 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 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.
ATTENDANCE POLICY: HIGH SCHOOL ATTENDANCE POLICY HIGHLIGHTS
Absenteeism: Students who miss more than 15 days regardless of the reason unless instructed by a doctor to not attend will be required to make up lost instructional time through the Summer Attendance Recovery Program. Upon returning to school, a student must submit to the Attendance Office a note/verification of the absence within three (3) days of student attendance. Excluded in the count for 15 days unless instructed by a doctor not to attend: Educational Accommodation Program, External Suspension, Homebound Instruction, Field Trip and death in the immediate family.
Absence Notes: If no note is submitted within three days after the students’ return to school, the absence is designated UNEXCUSED.
Excessive Absences: Students who are under 16 years of age and have fifteen (15) unverified absences will have a complaint filed with the Deptford Municipal Count for violation of 18A:38-31. Students who are 16 years of age or older and have fifteen (15) unverified days will be dropped from the rolls.
Lateness to/and Early Release from School : Every three (3) days late to and/or early release from school will equal one (1) day of absence.
Cutting Assigned Periods: Students are deemed cutting when they do not report to the class or location they are assigned. This includes lunch and study hall. Students will receive a loss of a day’s attendance, no academic credit and disciplinary action for cutting one or more periods that day.
Course Credits and Completion Program: Students will be required to complete one day in Summer Attendance Recovery for each absence over 15 days. Note that every 3rd lateness and/or early release from school counts as another day of absence.
The Summer Attendance Recovery Program will be held on 5 days after the close of school. All days will be assigned in the summer of the school year in which the absences occur. Students who fail to make-up the days in the assigned summer time will not receive credit for any courses taken. It will be necessary to repeat the school year. Therefore, 21 days out without proper documentation will result in repeating the school year.
Students under the age of 16 missing 21 unexcused days in a school year will not receive credit for any courses. It will be necessary for the student to repeat the school year. Make-up time in the Summer Attendance Recovery Program does not alter the 21 day limit.