Daily attendance at school is important. If you must be absent, a parent/guardian must inform the school of that absence within 48 hours of the absence.
Parents have several ways to notify the school if a student is absent:
1. Call the attendance office in the morning (201-599-7211) in advance of the absence.
Alternately, you may use the Genesis Parent Portal to notify the school - see How to Notify Attendance Office.
FAILURE TO DO ANY OF THE ABOVE REQUIRES THAT A NOTE ACCOMPANY THE STUDENT ON THE DAY OF HIS/HER RETURN TO SCHOOL AFTER THE ABSENCE.
Parents/guardians can view their child’s daily attendance, grades and discipline by visiting the Genesis Parent Portal.
Class attendance is taken every period, and if a student is unaccounted for, the teacher will mark that student UNVERIFIED, which an unexcused absence becomes in 48 hours, unless a parent/guardian sends a note to school on the day the student returns.
STUDENT ABSENCE NOTES
An absence note written by a parent/guardian only should be presented to the attendance office by 7:45 a.m. on the day the student returns to school. The absence note should contain:
a. name of student
b. date or dates of absence
c. reason for absence
LATE TO SCHOOL PROCEDURES
Students arriving after 7:50 a.m. must report immediately to their class. Notes explaining the tardiness should be brought to the attendance office. It is the responsibility of the student to be ON TIME to class and school. Tardies to class may affect a participation grade. Continuous tardies to school/class may constitute disciplinary action by the classroom teacher or administration.
A student who is absent from class without an excused reason is considered to have a "cut/truancy". This includes: those periods which are missed at the beginning of the day without an excused reason. (Ex. Oversleeping is not a valid reason.) Absences from school without notification will be recorded as cuts/truancies. Cutting class is a serious offense. Students who cut face the following penalties:
* no makeup work
* loss of credit for the day's work; detention; parental conference; suspension from school and activities; loss of credit.
The number of cuts/truancies that can result in LOSS OF CREDIT ARE:
Semester Course – 3 cuts/truancies
Year Course – 5 cuts/truancies
Notification will be mailed to all parents.
LOSS OF CREDIT - APPEALS
If you lose credit in a class because of attendance or cuts/truancies you may file an appeal to the Vice Principal within five days of receipt of notice. Parents/guardians will be notified about possible loss of credit. Appeal forms will be sent to parents. Appeals are acted upon at the end of the semester for semester courses or on or about Mid June for full year courses.