Absences are sometimes unavoidable. Excused absences will be granted if a parent provides a suitable explanation. When it becomes necessary for a student to be absent from school, the parents must notify the school office before 9:30 AM. Otherwise, the absence will be marked as unexcused. Unexcused absences may result in zeros for class work.
If the absence was due to a serious illness or contagious disease, a note from the child’s physician must be obtained stating that the child is cleared to return to school. A physician’s note is also required if a student is absent for three or more consecutive days due to illness.
The child must bring this note to the school office before he or she will be allowed back into the classroom.
More than 24 days of absence (excused and unexcused) may result in the student being retained.
For safety reasons, school may be cancelled in the event of inclement weather. Minor weather events such as small accumulations of snow are generally insufficient for cancellation; however, major weather events will likely cause cancellations.
Students are expected to attend school whenever possible, but parents must also use their own discretion in determining whether or not it is safe to travel to school. Road conditions can vary considerably from region to region in and around the Hackensack area. Parents must notify the school office if their child will be absent when the school is open.
Cancellations will typically be announced on the following media:
- News 12 New Jersey (Cablevision), www.news12.com
- Verizon’s FiOS News school closing alert system, www.fios1news.com
Each family will also be called if school will be closed or if there is a delayed opening. For other, planned school cancellations, school bulletins will be sent home with students.