Good attendance and success go hand in hand.
Students are expected to attend school every day. The following is a list of legal excuses for absences:
- Personal illness
- Death or illness in the immediate family
- Observance of a religious holiday
- Medical or dental appointments (Please schedule outside of school time, when possible.)
- Impassable roads
Steps to follow when absent
Parents or guardians should call the school attendance desk (518) 673-6300 x 1046 before 10 a.m. on the day of absence.
An excuse should be sent with the student upon return, giving the student’s name, days of absence, reasons and parent/guardian signature.
Remember: when students are allowed to miss school for unnecessary reasons, they are getting the message that school is not really important.
Denial of School Credit for Excessive Absences
If a student is absent more than 20 times (10 for a semester course; 5 per quarter for Physical Education), he/she may be denied credit for courses.
At a conference with the principal, the principal will decide if extenuating circumstances justify excessive absences, determine the conditions for the granting of credit, or deny credit for classes.