• STUDENT ATTENDANCE

    Overview

    The Bound Brook School District requires the students to attend school regularly in accordance with the laws of the State of New Jersey. The educational program offered by the District is predicated on the regular presence of the student and requires continuity of instruction and classroom participation. The regular contact of students with one another in the classroom and their participation in a well-planned instructional activity under teacher supervision are vital to this purpose.

    It is the responsibility of the students and their parents/guardians, in compliance with N.J.S.A. 18A:38-25, to ensure that students attend school regularly and promptly. Bound Brook High School shall ensure that students enrolled in the district attend regularly in accordance with the laws of the State of New Jersey. Students, parents, and legal guardians shall be made aware of the expectations and consequences regarding the timely arrival and attendance of students at school and classes.

    Bound Brook School policy stipulates the loss of course credit on the third truancy, the nineteenth absence in a full year course, the tenth absence for a semester course and/or the fifth absence in a single marking period course.

     

    Type of Course

    Absence Limit

    Lose Credit

    Health Class

    2

    3

    Physical Education Class

    6

    7

    Semester Class

    4

    5

    Full Year Class

    9

    10

     

    Students who are absent from school may not attend after school activities or evening school sponsored activities. Students who are absent from school may not compete in any interscholastic sporting event, practice or extracurricular activity that day. A student must be present at least four instruction hours on the day of a school activity in order to participate in a school sponsored activity or game unless they receive prior approval from the administration excusing the absence.

    Absence Reporting

    Absences should be reported to the attendance office by calling 732-652-7964 and selecting option 1 to leave a message which must include the child’s name, grade level, reason for absence and a contact number for the parent/guardian.

    When the student returns to school he/she must bring a signed note from the parent/guardian explaining the reason for the absence to the attendance office immediately upon returning to school. A student must present a doctor’s note upon return to school after three successive days or more of absence. Notes regarding absences will only be accepted for up to 48 hours after the student returns to school. Students absent for any reason are responsible for the completion of assignments missed because of his/her absence.

    Absences

    Absences will fall into one of two categories, “unexcused” or “excused” and will be at the discretion of the administration. The difference between unexcused and excused absences is a matter of verification but does not exempt the student from academic consequences. Extensive absences, whether unexcused or excused, could result in loss of credit and/or retention (see above table).

    The determination of whether a student’s failure to report to school is an unexcused or excused absence shall be based on the following approved excused absences from school:

    1. Excused Absences (with proper verification)
      1. Student Illness; verified with a note from parent/guardian/doctor
      2. More than three days of consecutive illness; verified with a note from a medical doctor
      3. Necessary medical, dental, legal appointments that cannot be scheduled at any other time; verified with a note from a professional
      4. Death in the family for consecutive absences fewer than six days; verified with a note from parent/guardian
      5. Post-Secondary Education including College/Military/Technical School, Junior and Senior students will be allowed 2 per year; verified with a signed “Post-Secondary Permission” letter available in Attendance Office
      6. Excused religious (http://www.state.nj.us/education/genfo/holidays.htm); verified with a note from a parent/guardian
      7. Take Your Child to Work Day; verified with a signed “Take Your Child to Work Day” consent letter available in the Attendance Office
      8. School Approved Sponsored Activity such as field trips, athletic competitions, etc.; verified by the school personnel responsible for the activity
      9. School Suspensions
      10. Motor vehicle agency Driver’s Test; verified with documentation from New Jersey Division of Motor Vehicles
    1. Unexcused Absences from school or from classes within the school day (class cuts) are truancies. On the third truancy of a full year class and on the second truancy of a semester class, the student will lose credit.

    Non-Chargeable Absences are the only absences that do not count toward a student’s limit of absences, with proper verification (see above) and include:

    • Participation in field trips, athletic competitions, school sponsored activities
    • Suspensions from school
    • Religious holidays as recognized by the NJ Department of Education
    • Mandatory quarantines as ordered by medical professional
    • Court appearances

    Chargeable Absences are every other absence besides the above list. All absences whether excused or unexcused are considered chargeable absences and will count towards the number of allowable absences. The school is not in the position to allow excessive absences for vacations, non-school sponsored trips, tardiness or early dismissals.

    Absence Consequences

    All other absences, whether excused or unexcused, are considered chargeable absences and will count toward the number of allowable absences. As per New Jersey administrative code the school will follow the below attendance guidelines regarding chargeable absences:

    1. For up to four cumulative chargeable absences, school staff will, in accordance with N.J.A.C.6A:16-7.8:
      1. make a reasonable attempt to notify the student’s parents or legal guardians of each unexcused absence prior to the start of the following school day
      2. conduct an investigation to determine the cause of each unexcused absence, including contact with the student’s parents or legal guardians
      3. develop an action plan in consultation with the student’s parents or legal guardians designed to address patterns of unexcused absences, if any, and to have the student return to school and maintain regular attendance
      4. proceed in accordance with all applicable statutory and regulatory provisions if a potential missing or abused child situation is detected
      5. cooperate with law enforcement and other authorities and agencies, as appropriate
    1. For between five and nine cumulative chargeable absences, school staff will, in accordance with N.J.A.C.6A:16-7.8:
      1. make a reasonable attempt to notify the student’s parents or legal guardians of each unexcused absence prior to the start of the following school day
      2. conduct a follow-up investigation, including contact with the student’s parents or legal guardians, to determine the cause of each unexcused absence
      3. evaluate the appropriateness of an existing plan
      4. revise the action plan as needed to identify patterns of unexcused absences; establish outcomes based on the student’s needs; specify the interventions for achieving the outcomes, supporting the student’s return to school and regular attendance that may include any or all of the following:
        1. referral to or consultation with the building’s I&RS Team
        2. conduct testing, assessments or evaluations of the student’s academic, behavioral, and health needs
        3. consider an alternate educational placement
        4. make a referral to a community based social and health provider agency or other community resource
        5. refer to the court program designated by the New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts; and
        6. proceed in accordance with all applicable statutory and regulatory provisions if a potential missing or abused child situation is detected.
    1. When students between the ages of six and sixteen have a total of ten or more cumulative chargeable absences, the district shall, in accordance N.J.A.C. 6A:16-7.8:
      1. make mandatory referral to the court program required by the New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts
      2. make a reasonable attempt to notify the student’s parent or legal guardian of the mandatory referral
      3. continue to consult with the parent or legal guardian and the involved agencies, as appropriate
      4. cooperate with law enforcement and other authorities and agencies, as appropriate
      5. abide by all statutory and regulatory provisions regarding compulsory attendance at school, as required 
    1. At 10 cumulative chargeable absences in a full year course, 5 in a semester course, the student will lose credit for that class and the district shall:
      1. make mandatory referral to the court program required by the New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts
      2. make a reasonable attempt to notify the student’s parent or legal guardian of the mandatory referral and loss of credit
      3. continue to consult with the parent or legal guardian and the involved agencies, as appropriate
      4. cooperate with law enforcement and other authorities and agencies, as appropriate
      5. abide by all statutory and regulatory provisions regarding compulsory attendance at school, as required

    Truancy

    Students who are absent from class without authorization while being in attendance on the day of that absence, or “cutting”, will be marked as truant. Students who cut an entire school day will be marked as truant in every class. Students may receive a zero on all assignments missed due to cutting/truancy. After the first truancy the student will serve a three-hour detention. On the second truancy the student will serve an out of school suspension and upon return will have a parent conference with an administrator. If a student reaches the maximum number of truancies (see below) in a course, he/she will lose credit in that course.

                          

    Type of Course

    Truancy Limit

    Health Class

    1

    Physical Education Class

    1

    Semester Class

    1

    Full Year Class

    2

     

    Tardiness

    A student arriving late to school is marked as tardy and will serve a thirty-minute detention the following school day. A student one to ten minutes late to a class is marked as tardy for that class. Over ten minutes late to class will be counted as a chargeable absence. Three tardies to any one class will be equated to one class truancy and count towards the truancy limit.

    Loss of Credit Appeal

    Students who have lost credit due to absences, truancies and/or tardies over the allowable limit due to extenuating circumstances will have an opportunity to appeal the loss of credit within 10 school days of the loss of credit letter.

    The student must bring to his/her Guidance Counselor:

    1. The completed Attendance Appeal Form (Appendix D)
    2. A letter addressed to the Principal, Mr. Smith, detailing the extenuating circumstances that have caused the student to violate the attendance policy

    The Attendance Appeal Committee will consider these requests and grant an appeal at the discretion of the committee. Each student is allowed only one appeal per school year and all decisions will be final.