State Education Law permits legal absences or tardiness for the following reasons only: sickness, death or sickness in the family, impassable roads or weather, religious observance, quarantine, mandatory court attendance, school music lessons, attendance at health clinics, approved college visits or military obligations.
Absence or tardiness for any other reason is considered illegal. Parents are required to write a signed excuse to the school when a student returns after being absent or tardy.
Temporary absence for a medical or dental appointment is excused providing the parent sends a note giving the time for dismissal from school, approximate time for return and name of doctor or dentist. When possible, appointments should be made after school hours. Students may not leave during the day without reporting to the nurse’s office.