Every student has the right to the educational opportunities that will enable the student to develop his or her fullest potential. To maximize these opportunities, it is the responsibility of the student to be in attendance daily. Jamestown High School is committed to the philosophy that every student should attend every class every day/all day. Regular attendance and promptness are expected in all classes and are essential for student success in school. In addition, students must provide prior notification of absences known in advance as well as making arrangements with teachers for completing missed work.
Our attendance policy is based on the following beliefs:
- Regular attendance is an important aspect of a student’s educational program.
- The educational process requires a continuity of instruction and active classroom participation.
- The maximization of student interaction with his or her teacher and peers occurs through regular attendance.
- Regular attendance is a major component of academic success. It increases student achievement and reduces the dropout rate.
Under the Jamestown High School attendance policy, parents/guardians are expected to call the Attendance Office when a student will be absent or late and to state the reason why. An answering machine (483-4372) is available 24 hours a day to receive messages pertinent to absences. Please DO NOT leave early dismissal information on answering machine. Call 483-4343 or 483-4382 to reach office personnel. The attendance office opens at 7:30 a.m. for personal inquiries. Students are responsible for reminding their parent/guardians that a call should be made. If an absence has not been reported by 4:00 p.m. of the day following the absence, it reverts to an unexcused absence and make-up work may be assessed a 20% penalty. It is the parents’ responsibility to call and follow up with a note indicating why the student was late or absent. Note must be signed by Principal.
Below are the only legal excuses permitted by New York State:
- Student illness
- Sickness or death in the family
- Medical appointments
- Approved educational trips
- Impassable roads or weather
- Approved religious observances
- Court appearance
- Approved college visits
- Military obligations
Students will be allowed to make up all classroom work for any of the above absences.
Class Attendance and Course Completion
In order for students to be eligible to take tests and submit papers, homework, projects, etc., for grades required to receive credit for any course, students must be in attendance a minimum of 85% of the total number of days the course is scheduled to be in session.
Any student absent from a class more than 15% of the time will not receive credit for the course. For example, more than 13 absences in a semestered course, including an A/B full year course, or 7 absences in a quartered semestered course, may result in loss of credit. Missing 45 minutes or more of an 80-minute class or 20 minutes or more from a 40-minute class will be considered a full period absence. Transfers and students re-enrolling after having dropped out will be expected to attend 85% of the scheduled class meetings during their time of enrollment. The procedures followed will be prorated according to their possible number of class meetings.
Once a student exceeds the attendance standards as specified previously, that student can continue to take tests and submit work for that course. However, the student will receive an incomplete until the student makes up the time they have missed. The formula for making up missed time will include 5 consecutive days of attendance for every day the student is over the attendance limit and an individually developed contract for completing make up work that will require teacher signatures of approval. Making up time and completing work will afford students the opportunity to earn back credit for a given course or courses. Students who violate the minimum attendance standards must continue to attend class unless the district affords the student a full disciplinary hearing in accordance with the law.
Educational Trips and Alternative Learning Experiences:
- All educational and/or field trips require written permission from parents/guardians. Educational trips should be planned as an integral part of a particular course or program and the pupils must be accompanied by a teacher.
- Trips with or without parents, vacations, etc., are not approved educational trips. Such trips are unexcused and require an approved leave of absence (from the Principal) at least five (5) days prior to the absence before make-up work will be permitted. This category of absence will be called “Acknowledged Unexcused.” Students are responsible for contacting teachers for make-up work five (5) days in advance.
- When absent from class or school for reasons other than unexcused absence, truancy, or suspension, a student will be allowed two (2) days make-up time for every day of class absence up to a maximum of one (1) week. Any illness or injury, which would prevent a student from attending school for an extended period of time, will be referred to Pupil Services for home tutoring arrangements. During the time when a student is being home tutored through the school system, this time from school will not count towards the total number of absences which may not be exceeded in order to receive credit for the course.
- Students excused from regularly scheduled class(es) to participate in school activities (athletic events, music programs, award presentations, play presentations, sectionals, etc.) must procure their assignments in advance. Students are responsible for material covered during that particular absence.
- Attendance or participation in any after school activity, evening school activity, or employment on the day of absence is prohibited.