Reporting an Absence

Call the Attendance Clerk at 203-938-2508 Extension 1222

  • Leave a message on the Attendance Line at 203-938-2508, Extension 1222 or by Dialing Option 2

REPORTING ABSENCES: QUICK REFERENCE (See the descriptions that follow for more detailed explanations and exceptions to the general rules.)


TYPE OF ABSENCE

ACTION NEEDED

Illness or unanticipated family emergency

A parent/guardian must call and leave a message on the JBHS attendance line:

203-938-2508 dialing option 2 or extension 1222.


Call prior to 9 am on the day of the absence.

Medical appointment, religious observance, court appearance, or college visit

A parent/guardian must call and leave a message on the JBHS attendance line:

203-938-2508 dialing option 2 or extension 1222.


Call prior to the date of the absence. 


If not able to call the day before, the student must provide a doctor’s note, court summons, etc. for the absence to be excused.

Family vacation, an extended trip, or a similar event

A parent/guardian must…


Write to the student’s assistant principal at least five days prior to the planned absence(s). 

Tardy to school/late arrival

A parent/guardian must call and leave a message on the JBHS attendance line:

203-938-2508 dialing option 2 or extension 1222.


Call prior to the day of the late arrival. 


If not able to call the day before, the student must provide a doctor’s note, court summons, etc. for the late arrival to be excused.

Early dismissal

A parent/guardian must call and leave a message on the JBHS attendance line:

203-938-2508 dialing option 2 or extension 1222.


Call prior to the day of the early dismissal.


If not able to call the day before, the student must provide a doctor’s note, court summons, etc. for the early dismissal to be excused.


REPORTING ABSENCES


To report an absence due to illness or unanticipated family emergency:


A parent/guardian must call and leave a message on the JBHS attendance line at 203-938-2508 by dialing option 2 or extension 1222.  To be excused, the message must be left either the evening before or prior to 9:00 a.m. the day of the absence.  


To report an anticipated absence, such as medical appointments, religious observance, court appearance, or college visit:


A parent/guardian leaves a message on the attendance line at 203-938-2508 extension 1222 or by dialing option 2.  To be excused, the message must be left prior to the day of the absence; or, if the message is left the day of the absence, then a doctor’s note or documentation of a college visit, court appearance, or other commitment must be provided to the school.


To report an absence from school for a vacation, trip or similar case:


A parent/guardian writes to the student’s assistant principal five school days before the date of the planned absence so that the request can be reviewed and processed.  Please note, in accordance with Section 10-210 of the Connecticut General Statute, because a request for family vacations, trips and similar cases is not included in the list of types of absences that are considered excused by the CT General Statute, any of the student’s absences beyond nine for the school year cannot be excused and will be recorded as unexcused.   To be excused, all absences for the purposes of vacations or other personal business trips must have prior approval to be excused.


REPORTING TARDIES


A parent/guardian must call and leave a message on the JBHS attendance line at 203-938-2508 by dialing option 2 or extension 1222 informing the school of the time and reason for the late arrival. To be excused, the message must be left prior to the day of the late arrival; or, if the message is left the day of the absence, then a doctor’s note or documentation of the commitment that caused the student to arrive late must be provided to the school.  Car troubles, speeding tickets, parent/guardian or sibling lateness, oversleeping, power failures, and family responsibilities, though unforeseen, are not emergencies and are not considered excused.  Documented emergencies involving serious illness or a car accident may be excused on a case-by-case basis by an administrator on the day of the occurrence. When arriving late to school, the student must sign in at the security office and receive an excused pass to enter class or study hall.  


REPORTING EARLY DISMISSALS


A parent/guardian must call and leave a message on the JBHS attendance line at 203-938-2508 by dialing option 2 or extension 1222 informing the school of the time and reason for the early dismissal.  When the early dismissal will only cause the student to miss a non-instructional period, notification by 9:00 a.m. is sufficient.  When an instructional period will be missed as a result of the early dismissal, the message must be left prior to the day of the late arrival; or, if the message is left the day of the absence, then a doctor’s note or documentation of the commitment that caused the student to leave early must be provided to the school.  When leaving early from school, the student must sign out at the security office.
 

STEPS STUDENTS SHOULD TAKE WHEN ABSENT

When absent, especially due to an extended illness or are quarantined, students should complete the following steps:

  • Email your counselor in Student Services.
  • Email your teachers to verify the work needed to be made up and to create a timeline for completion.

Communicating together and following these steps will help ensure a smooth transition back to school.


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