We know students may miss school for illness, emergencies, or for religious reasons, but we want to see every student in school every day. Did you know that a student with 90% attendance has missed one month of school by the end of the year? Students with less than 90% attendance are more likely to have lower test scores and not graduate from high school. Here are some basic things you should know about attendance in New York City schools:
A student who is not in school for at least one class period must be marked absent, even if the absence is "excused."
Schools can excused absences when a student misses school for religious, medical or emergency reasons, but the excused absences is a legal part of the student's record. Excused absences may not count against a student for school awards or participation in school activities. The Public Schools Athletic League's (PSAL) 90 percent attendance requirement that does not count excused absences.
Parents must provide a reason for absences. Schools will reach out to learn more about why a student misses school and how to help. This outreach is required when a student misses ten days in a row, and when students in PK-grade 8 miss any 20 days. Schools must have up-to-date phone numbers and addresses so they can reach families.
Students cannot fail a class or not be promoted because of their attendance, but attendance may affect grades. Students who meet class expectations must receive credit and are not required to make up the exact hours of missed class time.
Being at school on time is important, but it is always better to come to school late than to miss the whole day. Schools may keep students who are late or cut class --or who leave early-- out of school activities or communal lunchtime, but a late student cannot be kept out of class.
Register for a NYC Schools account to see when your student is marked absent or late. Attendance records in the electronic system cannot be changed after the middle of July but attendance records may be amended in the form of a letter to the student's file.
Students who travel out of the country, are hospitalized or in treatment, or who are at home for family or medical reasons are all absent. Schools and families work together to keep up with class work and transition back to school. Students above compulsory school age who are not going to school may be discharged with the consent of their families through the Planning Interview process. In some limited circumstances, schools may initiate a transfer of a student (see Chancellor's Regulation A-101 , Section I.A.18).
Chancellor's Regulation A-210 Standards for School Attendance Programs Chancellor's Regulation A-501 Promotion Standards
Have a question not answered on these pages?Email: Attendance@schools.nyc.govCall: 212-374-6095
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