Connecticut law requires that children attend school regularly during the hours and terms that the public school is in session, unless specifically exempted from attendance by law. The superintendent of schools shall establish such procedures as deemed necessary to determine the causes of habitual truancy, including medical verification for excessive absence, and shall cooperate with other private and governmental agencies in correcting the causes thereof.
Experience indicates that regular school attendance is important for school success. These regulations reflect our belief that classroom learning activities are an essential part of the curriculum for all students and are intended to reduce tardiness and absence from class. (Section 5310 of School Code) The Connecticut State Board of Education adopted new definitions for an absence to be considered excused (see table below). It is important to note that while the first nine absences in a school year can be deemed excused for any reason the parent or guardian provides, the tenth and each subsequent absence establish a more stringent and specific set of reasons for the absence to qualify as excused.
In cases of an excused absence other than family-initiated travel, appropriate provisions will be made by school staff regarding assistance with missed assignments, homework and tests. When an excused absence is the result of family initiated travel, teachers are under no obligation to provide advance assignments or to revew work missed during the period of absence. However, students must be allowed to take make-up tests. The student’s Assistant Principal must be notified in writing of extended absences due to family-initiated travel.
Total # of
Acceptable Reasons for a Student Absence to Be Considered Excused
Required within 10 Days**
Any reason that the student’s parent or guardian approves.
Parent or guardian
10 and above
Parent or guardian
note and in some
documentation (see details of specific
* Note: The total number of days absent includes both excused and unexcused absences. **Suspensions do not require documentation.
REPORTING A STUDENT’S ABSENCE
A parent or guardian should report a student’s absence using the voice mailbox system 860-929-5233. An absence note signed by the parent/guardian must be submitted to the morning advisor within 10 days of the student’s return to school. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to write the note in the language most comfortable. A student’s absence from school shall be considered excused if written documentation of the reason for the absence has been submitted within 10 school days of the student’s return to school or in accordance with Section 10-210 of the Connecticut General Statutes or the state’s guidelines for excused and unexcused absences.