The Board of Education and the Administration believe that regular attendance is important because:
It assures that students will receive the necessary formal instruction from teachers, and the appropriate services of other professional staff.
It makes it possible for teachers to get to know students well.
It provides opportunities for class discussion, laboratory work and other exploratory activities, work on group projects, interaction with teachers and classmates, library work, and other experience that contribute to educational growth.
It permits the student to enter fully into the life of the school - to participate in sports, or other extra-curricular activities and school cultural and social events.
Therefore, in compliance with State law, the Board of Education:
- Requires students to attend school regularly.
- Discourages parents from taking children on vacations when school is in session.
- Discourages parents from keeping children out of school for a day or requesting early dismissals for any but important health related reasons.
- Directs school staff members, through their work with parents and students, to foster the value of regular school attendance and to establish procedures to assure that each student (including those beyond the compulsory school age) attend school regularly.
- Directs the administration, in cases of truancy to pursue any and all courses of action necessary, including working with other appropriate agencies, to insure that students of compulsory school age, are in compliance with the law.
- Encourages students beyond compulsory school age to remain in school through graduation, or, if they have left school, to return to school or to explore other alternatives for continuing their high school education.
- Directs administrators and other staff members to facilitate the return of drop-outs, and/or to help students explore alternative ways of earning their high school diplomas.
Legal Reference: Connecticut General Statutes
10-184 Duties of parents (as amended by PA 98-243 and PA 00-157)
10-199 through 10-202 Attendance, truancy - in general
Policy adopted: December 16, 2002