Comprehensive Attendance

 Comprehensive Attendance Policy for St. Rose of Lima School

 Statement of objectives to be accomplished

St. Rose of Lima School establishes this policy to ensure the maintenance of an adequate record verifying the attendance of all children at instruction in accordance with Education Law Section 3205. The policy is designed to ensure sufficient pupil attendance at all scheduled periods of actual instruction or supervised study activities to permit such pupils to succeed at meeting the State learning standards.

 Description of the specific strategies to accomplish each objective 

 Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each school day prior to the first period of instruction.

 Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each scheduled class period when pupils move freely between classes.

 Attendance will be taken after the pupils return from lunch

 Attendance will be taken on class and/or school field trips

 Determination of the kinds of absences, tardiness and early departures that will be excused and those that will not be excused; and a list of excused and unexcused absences and tardiness to illustrate each--(Refer to student handbook/calendar).

 A pupil is considered absent if not present when attendance is taken.

 A pupil who arrives after the time fixed by school policy for the beginning of the morning or afternoon sessions is tardy

 A pupil is absent for part of day if present when attendance is taken and then leaves school.

 Incidents of absence and tardiness will be classified as either excused or unexcused. An excused absence/tardiness is one recognized by the Education Department and the school administrators as valid and unavoidable. An unexcused absence/tardiness occurs when the reason offered does not show unavoidable circumstances or necessity.

 Truancy is the willful violation by a student of the compulsory attendance provisions of Education Law.


The following reasons for absence or tardiness may be considered excused.


The following reasons for absence or tardiness would ordinarily be considered unexcused.

 sick

 scheduled medical appointments

 sickness or death in family

 day of religious observance

 bad weather; impassable roads

 court appearance

 family emergency

district bus problem

 college interviews (limit 2)

 funeral

other school activity


 music lessons

 take child to work

 high school visits

 family trips

 CYO trips

 didn’t have a ride

 truant