Every person over five years of age and under twenty one years of age is entitled to attend public school maintained in the District where such person resides. Once a person becomes enrolled at Unadilla Valley Central School, the school becomes responsible to meet all attendance regula tions as mandated at the local and state level under the New York State Education Department guidelines. These policies are outlined as follows:
1. A student, after each absence or tardiness, shall bring in an excuse signed by the parent or guardian, stating the specific reason for the absence within three days. The absences are then coded to maintain an accurate record of the type of absence. In cases involving medical appointments, the name of the person with whom the appointment is scheduled should be on the excuse, as well as the time of the appointment.
2. The following reasons for student absences are recognized as valid and excused by the Board of Education:
a. Sicknessb. Sickness or death in the family
c. Impassible roads
d. Religious observance
e. Sickness requiring attendance at a medical clinic
g. Required court appearance
h. College visits/interviews when approved in advance
Any other absence is considered illegal. Any questions of legality of excuses will be at the discretion of the Building Principal. Regardless of whether or not a student has a parent’s permission. The student is considered truant if he/she is not in school and does not have a valid excuse as stated above. A written excuse from parents/guardians is required when a student returns to school after an absence. The excuse note must be turned in to the Elementary and Secondary School main offices the day the student returns to school.