Every person over five years of age and under 21 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 for meeting all attendance regulations as mandated at the local and state level under New York State Education guidelines.
These policies are outlined as follows:
- 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.
- The following reasons for student absences are recognized as valid and excused by the Board of Education.
B. Sickness or death in the family
C. Impassable 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 absences is considered illegal. Any questions of legality of excuses will be at the discretion of the building principal, regardless whether or not a student has a parent’s permission. The student is considered truant if they are not in school and do not have a valid excuse as stated above.
Reporting an absence
To report an absence, please call Mrs. White at (607) 847-7500, ext. 1134 and leave a message. 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 School or Secondary School main office the day the student returns to school.
Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)
Unadilla Valley Central School District believes that all students deserve and have the right to be educated in a safe, nurturing, and supportive school environment that accepts them for who they are.
The Dignity for All Students Act coordinator for Unadilla Valley is:
Pre-K through Grade 12
Kevin Nial, Student Advocate/COVID-19 Coordinator/DASA Coordinator
(607) 847-7500, ext. 3211
New York State Dignity for All Students Act
New law effective July 1, 2012
The goal of the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA), which took effect July 1, 2012 is to provide students with a safe, supportive educational environment that is free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment and bullying. Some of the law requirements include updating and/or establishing anti-harassment and discrimination policies and regulations, creating school training programs and incorporating or embedding civility, citizenship and character education into the curriculum for every grade level.
Resources specific to the Dignity for All Students Act:
What is Bullying? A government website titled StopBullying.gov defines it as:
Bullying happens when someone hurts or scares another person on purpose and the person being bullied has a hard time defending himself or herself. Usually, bullying happens over and over. Examples of bullying include:
- Punching, shoving, and other acts that hurt people physically
- Spreading bad rumors about people
- Keeping certain people out of a “group”
- Teasing people in a mean way
- Getting certain people to “gang up” on others
Bullying also can happen online or electronically. Cyberbullying is when children or teens bully each other using the Internet, mobile phones or other cyber technology.
This can include:
- Sending mean text, email, or instant messages
- Posting nasty pictures or messages about others in blogs or on Web sites
- Using someone else’s user name to spread rumors or lies about someone
Parents Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security
Pursuant to Education Law section 2-d, school district’s are now required to publish, on their websites, a parents bill of rights for data privacy and security and to include such information with every contract a school district enters into with a third party contractor where the third party contractor receives student data or teacher or principal data. Read the district’s bill of rights for data privacy and security.