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BRISTOW MIDDLE SCHOOL

34 Highland Street
West Hartford, CT 06119
Phone: 860-231-2100
Fax: 860-231-2107

Steven J. Cook, Principal 

Attendance Information

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.


Level



Total # of

Days

Absent*

Acceptable Reasons for a Student Absence to Be Considered Excused



Documentation

Required within 10 Days**

1

One through

nine

Any reason that the student’s parent or guardian approves.

Parent or guardian

note only.

2

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. (Opportunities must meet certain criteria).

Parent or guardian

note and in some

cases additional

documentation (see details of specific

reason).

* 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.

Bristow Upcoming Events

  • December 2017
    • WedDec13 Scholastic Book Fair
    • WedDec13 Bristow Big Band students to Sedgwick 1:00 PM to 4:15 PM
    • ThuDec14 Scholastic Book Fair
    • ThuDec14 7th & 8th grade concert 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    • FriDec15 Scholastic Book Fair
    • MonDec25 Christmas (Christianity)
    • MonDec25 Holiday recess
    • TueDec26 Holiday recess

West Hartford Public Schools

50 South Main St, West Hartford, CT  06107

T: 860-561-6600

F: 860-561-6910

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