Student Attendance Policy

2023-2024 Attendance Policy

Attendance Policy of Hungerford School:

Attendance is vital to your child's academic success, his/her social skills and in achieving there promotional standards.


Children are mandated in New York City to attend school on a full-time basis.  Attendance is recorded each day and monitored on a daily basis.  Children are expected to be on time each day.   


The Regulation of the Chancellor known as A-210 clearly states that a student with less than 90% attendance is considered chronically absent.  The parent of a minor student who has been absent 20 times or more in a four month period may be referred to ACS for educational neglect.  Our school staff wants to work with you to make sure your child comes to school each and every day. Please let us know if any issue exists for you which prevents your child from attending school.  We want your child in school!  Perfect attendance is the goal and is rewarded each month.


It is the family’s responsibility each day to report their child’s absence before 7:30 am to inform the school with the reason for their absence.  The following options are available to notify the school:

  • Main office (718) 273-8622
  • Child’s teacher
  • Attendance Office:
  • Tragares, Pupil Accounting Secretary at (718) 273-8622 x83126 or

Mary McGoorty, School Aide at (718) 273-8622 x83120 

Please be aware that the following is protocol for tracking student’s attendance. (Please see below)

  • Phone calls are made each day by a staff member for unexplained absences.
  • Automated calls, texts or emails are generated each day from the DOE
  • If your child is out for three days in a one-week period, a letter will be sent home. This letter is to remind you that if your child is absent, you must notify the school each day of absence and if your child is out due to a medical appointment of any kind, please have your child return to school with a medical note for absence coding purposes.
  • If your child receives two three day letters in a one-month period, a review of your child's attendance will be followed up with an administration meeting that will include Assistant Principal, Attendance Officer, Guidance Counselor, and Pupil Accounting Secretary
  • If your child is absent for 5 consecutive days a 407 investigation will be opened. (407 Form = excessive absences) and a home visit will be made by our Attendance Officer, Joanne Esquerdo.

Chronically absent students with less than 90% attendance rate:

  • Each month a generated Chronic Absent letter will go home notifying parents of your child's attendance rate if it is below the 90% that is expected of each student.


A student who is not in school at least one instructional period is marked absent for the day.  Absences may be excused (but not eliminated).  Excused absences are explained absences and therefore coded for the reason of the absence but are still considered absent for the day. An unexcused absence is an absence that is unexplained without a reason.


Excused Absences:

Illness/injury: When a student is unable to attend school due to illness or injury, a document or notification (call or note from the parent or medical professional) is required to indicate it as excused.


Religious observation:  When a student is unable to attend school due to religious observation, the family’s request in writing is required to indicate an excused absence.


Family emergency:  When a student is unable to attend school due to death or an emergency, notification and documentation by the family is required to indicate and excused absence.

  • Absences to attend funerals outside of the country will not be excused.

Pre-arranged appointments:  When a student is unable to attend school due to appointments with the court, social services, or other city agencies, notification and documentation by the family is required to indicate an excused absence.

  • Whenever possible, families are expected to schedule appointments, including school visits and doctors’ visits, outside of regular school hours, or to schedule appointments so the student does not miss an entire day of school.

Unexcused absences:

Unexplained absence:  Families are expected to notify the school whenever a student is unable to attend school, either in advance of the absence (preferred) or following the absence.


Immunization exclusion:  When a student is unable to attend school due to lack of appropriate immunizations the absence(s) are considered unexcused and are coded accordingly.


Family vacations or travel:  Families should plan vacations and trips when school is not in session. If student is to travel for an extended period of time, parent/guardian will need to supply the school with documentation. If students miss school, families must work with the school to develop plans for take-home work and make up work.    



It is understood that the school day starts at specific times according to the site your child attends (please refer to start times) and all parents should make every effort to have their child report to school on time.  Requesting the release of your child before the dismissal should take place only if there is an emergency.  


Hungerford locations hours:

7:40 am – 2:00 pm:     Main site @ 715 Ocean Terrace, Building L

                                      New Dorp H.S. @ 465 New Dorp Lane

                                    Jerome Parker Campus (JPC) @ 100 Essex Drive

                        Lifestyles @ 930 Willowbrook Road, Bldg41A

                        I.S.24 @ 750 Durant Avenue

                        Community Resources @ 3450 Victory Boulevard

                        Project Search @ 475 Seaview Avenue

                                    P2G @ 40 St. Mark’s Place

7:31 am – 2:09 pm:     McKee H.S. @ 290 St. Marks Place

8:00 am – 2:50 pm:     Tottenville H.S. @ 100 Luten Avenue


If there is a change in your child's daily schedule it is necessary to notify the main office/teacher immediately (i.e. child is not attending afterschool program etc.); a note must be written and given to the teacher or a verbal statement or phone call is also acceptable.  No student will be released to anyone who is not on the blue card.  If someone other than usual person picking up your child, please state that on the note/phone call and they must show photo ID to sign out the child.


Please keep in touch with the school regarding your child’s attendance.  We want your child to have the best possible attendance for him/her.  If there is anything I can do to assist you, please contact me directly.