Attendance Policy

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.)
  • Quarantine
  • 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.