Attendance & Lateness
Every Student Every Day: Attendance
We are excited to welcome your child back to our school! Our school is a safe and supportive environment and the classrooms are a better place when your child is here. More time in school means your child will get the social-emotional and academic support they need to thrive, learn, and be happy. We also know getting to school isn’t always easy. We are here to support you. Your child 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? Please contact our Attendance Coordinator, Ms. Soto, to get connected to what you need for your child to attend school consistently and succeed!”
Here are some basic things you should know about attendance in New York City schools:
- Schools must take attendance to show whether a student is in school or not; it’s the law.
- Schools mark a student as P for present or A for absent.
- There is no general remote learning option this year. If your child is learning remotely because they either have been asked to quarantine or are enrolled in medically necessary instruction, your child will be flagged as “learning remotely” in the DOE’s attendance system.
- While schools can mark an absence as “excused” for religious reasons, illness, or some other reasons, the excused absence is still an absence and must be part of the student’s record.
- Schools must tell families when students are absent or late. They will make a positive call or outreach home. Do we have the right information to contact you? Update your child’s NYCSA account with your current contact information.
In order for students to optimize their learning, they are expected to arrive to school on time every day.
- Doors open at 8:15 a.m. every morning
- School starts promptly at 8:20 a.m.
- Students who are not in their classroom by 8:35 a.m., will automatically be marked late and students will be asked to sign the Lateness notebook in their classroom.
- Students who arrive after 9:20 a.m. must be escorted to the school with their parent/guardian.
Record-Keeping and Attendance Rules
Attendance is a required, legal record
A child who does not attend school must be marked absent, even if the absence is excused. Attendance records in the electronic system cannot be changed after the middle of July. However, attendance records may be amended by submitting a letter to the student's file. Ask the school for attendance records, or track your child’s attendance in your NYC Schools account.
Excused absences are still absences.
Schools can excuse absences when a student is absent from school for religious, medical or emergency reasons, but excused absences are 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 (PSAL) 90 percent attendance requirement that does not count excused absences.
- Schools publish their Every Student Every Day Attendance policy, and help students who do miss school to stay on track with take-home and make-up work.
Schools must contact the student's family after every absence
Schools will reach out to learn why students missed school and how to help. Families must provide a reason for absences. Families must have up-to-date phone numbers and addresses so they can reach families.
- Families should ask schools how and when they will notify you of absences and make sure your phone numbers on your NYC Schools account) and on Blue Cards are correct.
- Schools tell families how and when they will be contacted about absences and regularly check and update family phone numbers and addresses.