NEW Attendance Policy

ATTENDANCE PROCEDURES FILE: JH
Chapter 76, Section 1 of the Massachusetts General Laws states that all children between the ages of six and sixteen must attend school. A school district may excuse up to seven day sessions or fourteen half- day sessions in any period of six months. In addition to this law, each school may have its own attendance policy with which parents and guardians should be familiar. .
The administration and faculty believe that attendance by students at school is vitally important to a successful education. It is the responsibility of parents to insure that students attend school daily. Vacations and dismissals from school other than an emergency are not in the best interest of the student. Schoolwork missed for these reasons will be made up upon return to class. Students are responsible for arranging for makeup. Teachers will not be required to provide homework or assignments in advance.
Examples of absences or tardiness that will be excused include:
  •   Documented illness, injury or medical appointment
  •   Bereavement/family funeral
  •   Major religious observances
  •   Legal appearance
  •   Extraordinary family circumstances (excused at the discretion of the principal) Examples of absences or tardiness that are unexcused include, but are not limited to:
  •   Repetitive or chronic absence or tardiness due to illness or injury not documented by a doctor
  •   Truancy
  •   Family vacations
  •   Undocumented absences
  •   Non-emergency family situations Attendance Regulations
1. Truancy - Unexcused absences from school without a valid excuse.
  1. Within 3 days of any unexcused absence, a letter will be generated from the Principal’s office, or the Principal’s designee, notifying the parent, in writing, of the student’s absence.
  2. Following the 5th absence, a letter will be generated from the Principal’s office, or the Principal’s designee, notifying the parent, in writing, of the student’s absence, and requesting a meeting with the parent to discuss the student’s attendance. The letter will direct the parent to contact the Principal’s office, or the Principal’s designee, within 5 school days to schedule a meeting. If the parent does not contact the Principal’s office or the Principal’s designee, within 5 school days, the Principal’s office, or the Principal’s designee, will call the parent for purposes of scheduling a meeting.
  3. At the meeting, the Principal, Assistant Principal or other designee, the parent and the student must develop action steps to address the student’s attendance. Other relevant school personnel and officials from public safety, health and human services, housing and nonprofit agencies, may offer input into the development of action steps.
Burlington Public Schools

First Reading:
Adopted by the Burlington School Committee: 7/15/14



Burlington Public Schools
5/27/14
ATTENDANCE PROCEDURES FILE: JH
2. Absences from class: students must attend all classes and study halls to which they have been assigned.


a.Following any absence from a class, study hall or other period of the school day, the teacher will notify the Principal’s office, or the Principal’s designee, of the student’s absence.

b.Following the 4th absence from the same class, a letter will be generated from the Principal’s office, or the Principal’s designee, notifying the parent, in writing, of the student’s absences.

c.Following the 2nd absence from any class, study hall or other period of the school day within a 5-day period, a letter will be generated from the Principal’s office, or the Principal’s designee, notifying the parent, in writing, of the student’s absences.

d.Absences that are excused by a physician’s note, field trip, result from a legal appearance, religious holiday, death in the family or suspension are excluded.