Mrs. Tara Golas
860-376-2403 x203 / firstname.lastname@example.org
**If you know your child will be absent from school please call (may leave a voicemail) or email Mrs. Golas. Be sure to send a note with a signature, upon return, so we may excuse the absence. For more information please see below. Thank you.
The school day at LCS for grades K-8 is 8:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Students may be dropped off/arrive at school starting at 8:00 a.m. They will immediately proceed to the cafeteria. Morning PK class is scheduled from 8:25 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Afternoon PK class is scheduled from 12:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
State Board of Education policy states: A student is considered to be “in attendance” if present at his/her assigned school, or an activity sponsored by the school (e.g., field trip), for at least half of the regular school day. The State Board of Education definitions establish two levels of criteria for an absence to be considered an excused absence (see table below).
|Total # of Days Absent*||Acceptable Reasons for a Student Absence to Be Considered Excused||Documentation
Required within 10 Days
|One through nine||Any reason that the student’s parent or guardian approves.||Parent or guardian note only.|
10 and above
|· Student illness (Note: to be deemed excused, an appropriately licensed medical professional must verify all student illness absences, regardless of the absence’s length).
· Student’s observance of a religious holiday.
· Death in the student’s family or other emergency beyond the control of the student’s family.
· Mandated court appearances (additional documentation required).
· The lack of transportation that is normally provided by a district other than the one the student attends (parental documentation is not required for this reason).
· Extraordinary educational opportunities pre- approved by district administrators.
|Parent or guardian note and in some cases additional documentation (see details of specific reason).|
Parent or guardian note should include the following:
- First and last name of student
- Date of absence
- Signature of Parent/Guardian (Required)
A student’s absence from school shall be considered unexcused unless they meet one of the following criteria:
- the absence meets the definition for an excused absence (including documentation requirements); or
- the absence meets the definition of a disciplinary absence.
State Board of Education policy states: “truant” means a child age five to eighteen, inclusive, who is enrolled in a public or private school and has four unexcused absences from school in any one month or ten unexcused absences from school in any school year. Should a student be considered truant, a meeting will be set up with parents in order to review and evaluate the reasons for a student’s absences. Continued truancy will lead to coordinating services with and referrals of children to community agencies providing child and family services.