Student Attendance Policy 2020-2021

Attendance Policy of Hungerford School:

 

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

 

Each child from ages 5 to 17 years of age are mandated in New York City to attend school on a full-time basis.  Attendance is taken daily.  Children are expected to be on time.  If your child was absent, a note from a parent or doctor must be given to the teacher upon returning to the school. If a child is absent for 2 consecutive days a call to the parent will be made by the school.  If a child is absent for 10 consecutive days a 407 investigation will be opened.  (407 Form = excessive absences)

 

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 want to work with you to make sure your child comes to school 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!  

 

Absences:

 

If your child is going to be absent from school, in person or remote you are expected to call the school and document their absence.  The following options are available to notify the school:

  1. Contact main office (718) 273-8622
  2. Contact child’s teacher
  3. Contact Pupil Accounting Secretary Mrs. Tragares at (718) 273-8622 x1255 or Ltragares@schools.nyc.gov

Lateness/Dismissals:

 

It is understood that the school day starts at 8:40 am 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.  Children will not be released once the dismissal process has begun. 

 

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.