High School Attendance Policy
Student attendance is both a right and a responsibility. Global Concepts Charter High School is an active partner with the students and parents in the task of ensuring that all students meet or exceed the New York State learning standards. Global Concepts recognizes that consistent school attendance, academic success and school completion have a positive correlation.
Classroom instruction begins at 7:50a.m.
Students driven to school by parents should not arrive before 7:30 a.m. unless they are participating in the breakfast program. The breakfast program operates between 7:15 a.m. and 7:45 a.m.
All students arriving prior to 7:45 a.m. should proceed directly to the cafeteria area.
No admittnce to the building before 7:15 am.
Dismissal for students picked up by a parent/guardian or those walking is 3:15 p.m.
Dismissal for students riding the bus is between 3:15 and 3:20 p.m.
Parents provide written notification in advance of any changes in their child's dismissal schedules. While written notification is preferred, the school will honor "emergency" requests to the school office personnel from parents by telephone. Please contact the school with emergency requests before 1:30 p.m.
The school day ends at 3:15 p.m., students who do not ride the bus must be picked up between 3:15 p.m. Bus dismissal starts promptly at 3:15 p.m. Any student not picked up by 3:15 p.m. will be placed on their scheduled bus.
In order for a child to be released to a family member/friend whose name is not listed on the Emergency Contact Form, the office must receive a note from the parent/guardian approving such release. The adult shows identification to the front desk receptionist before signing out the student.
Full year courses - Students are not allowed to miss more than 20 classes (including both excused and unexcused). If more are missed the student could lose the ability to sit for the state exam or final assessment. Students may also lose credit for the class. In extreme cases Child Protection Services will be notified.
Half year courses - Students are not allowed to miss more than 10 classes. If more are missed the student could lose the ability to sit for the state exam or final assessment. Students may also lose credit for the class. In extreme cases Child Protection Services will be notified.
Absence from school is defined as any school day where a student is not here for more than 50% of his or her classes. (New York State Education Law Section)
On the day of the absence, a parent or guardian must call the school at 939-2554 to report the absence. Failure to notify the school will result in the attendance personnel calling the parent at home or at work to report the missing student.
Students are required to provide a note within 3 days of the absence, for it to count as an excused absence. Notes will not be accepted after the deadline and the absence will permanently be an unexcused absence. Please see the list below for acceptable excused absences:
Sickness (for illness where more than 3 days is missed in a row a Doctor's note must accompany the child upon their return to school)
Death in Family
Required Court appearance - letter from court must accompany student upon return
Scheduled appointment with physician/dentist/etc. - original note from health care provider must be provided
College Visit - 2 per year, pre-approved by Guidance Department, with a note from the college upon your return
Religious Observation- must have pre-approval from administration
School function/Field Trip.
3. The following reasons are not considered excused absences even if a note is provided:
Baby-sitting younger siblings/family
Permit test/Driver's license tests
Truancy is the deliberate action by a student to miss a full or partial day of school without the approval of a parent/guardian. A parent/guardian who is aware of and allowing such absence is violating school law. Any student who is deemed truant will serve a day of ISS (In School Suspension) and be given a 0 on assignment missed during that time. Students will still be required to make up the work even if not credit is received.
Consequences for Absence
Any student who is absent more than 1 half day on the day of a sporting event or school related function will not be allowed to attend that fuction.
After 3 days of missing school, parents/guardian will recieve a phone call from administration.
After 6 unexcused absences, a student's parents will be notified in writing of the concern about absenteeism. A parent conference will be requested to discuss what can be done to encourage the student to attend school.
After 10 days of missing school, there will also be a home visit, another mandatory parent meeting with administration and counselor.
After 15 days of unexcused absences, students and parents will be referred to the SST (Student Support Team) and counselor.
After 20 days a students might not receive credit for the course. Parents will be notified by certified mail and phone call. They will also be referred to Child Protection Services for Educational Neglect.
Tardiness is defined as any student not being in his or her class when the bell rings. Our school day begins at 7:45 and all students are required to be here.
Students who arrive late without a parental excuse are considered unexcused.
All notes for being tardy must be handed in within 3 days.
The only acceptable excuses for being tardy are as follows:
Scheduled health appointment - doctor/dental note must be provided
Required Court appearance - note from court must be provided
Bus provided from school is late - This does not include NFTA bus riders
The following reasons are not considered excused tardies:
Missing the school bus/NFTA Bus
Having to get younger siblings on the bus
Traffic problems unless approved by administration
Getting a ride with someone else
Consequences for Tardy
Any student who has an unexcused tardy on the day of a sporting event, or school function will not be allowed to attend the event after school
After 5 unexcused tardies, a student will have a referral to the crew leader for a mandatory conference.
After 10 unexcused tardies, a student will be referred to administration
Tardy for Class
Once students are marked present in school and are tardy for classes, they are subject to actions from their individual teachers. All students are encouraged by faculty and staff to start on time.
Any student who needs to leave school before dismissal, must submit a note from their parent/guardian to the main office when arriving in the morning. The time and reason must be included. Parents should report to the desk window upon arrival to sign their child out. If a written request is not possible, please notify the front office by 12:00 noon.
Class cuts or skipping class
Teachers take attendance at the beginning of each class. Names of students are checked against those who are absent in PowerSchool. Those students who are not in class, but are not absent in PowerSchool will be reported as skipping class and will be disciplined.
Other than those mentioned above, a variety of strategies may be employed when a pattern of absences, tardiness, or early departures have been identified. These strategies include but are not limited:
Referral to appropriate school personnel (i.e. School counselor, nurse or (SST);
Referral to Child Protective Services for educational neglect
Making up Assignments
Each student must make arrangements with his/her instructor to obtain make-up assignments for absences. The instructor will establish firm guide and time lines for each individual case.
Promotion and Retention
Grade Promotion: High School grade level is based on the number of credits accumulated at the beginning of each school year.
Requests for School Work During Illness
It is not necessary to request homework for a one-day absence. If a child will be out for a few days and is well enough, parents may notify the secretary before 10:00 a.m. with their request for schoolwork. Assignments may be picked up in the office after 3pm.
Continuous communication between the home and school provides for a basis of understanding and support that will unite our efforts to help each student's growth and development. There are three times during the year designated as parent/teacher conference days and one open house. Each parent/teacher conference day is posted on the school calendar. Notices are also sent out reminding parents. Additional conferences may be requested by the teacher or parent at any mutually agreed upon time during the year. Parents are expected to utilize these opportunities to meet with their child's classroom teacher.
Health Services are provided to promote and maintain the health of all schoolchildren. The school nurse is available during school hours for any student who feels ill or is injured during the school day. The school is responsible for first aid measures only. The school is responsible for limited and initial first aid care for school related accidents only. Therefore, the school nurse cannot do daily dressings of wounds incurred at home or at school.
If a student requires further medical attention due to illness or injury, the school nurse contacts the parents or guardians by phone. It is the parents' responsibility to provide transportation in the event a student needs to go home or needs further medical attention. The school nurse is an important part of the link between the home and the school. It is vital that the school has several emergency numbers so we may notify parents if their child is ill or injured.
Students who need medication during school hours must have a medication permission form filled out by the doctor specifying the name of student, medication, dosage, time, route, and parental or guardian signature acknowledging the medication is to be given. Medication permission forms are available in the health office. An adult must bring the medication to school. All medication, even those considered "over the counter" needs doctor's orders and parental signature. Notify the school nurse if your child is on any medications, short or long term.
The school nurse cannot serve as a substitute for the family doctor. Therefore, an ill child should not be sent to school for the school nurse to determine if the child is well enough to be in school. Instead, consult with your family doctor.
Accidents occurring at home are the responsibility of the parents and cannot be treated by our school personnel.
School Medical Exclusions
Please do not send your child to school if the following symptoms appear:
Any student with undiagnosed skin eruptions on head, face, or body
Any student who has an inflamed condition of the eye or eyes
Any student who has head or body lice — or nits
A student with a temperature of 100 or more / who has not been fever-free for 24 hours
Students having suspicious oral irritations
If the symptoms of nausea or vomiting have occurred during the night, a child should remain at home until symptoms have subsided for 24 hours.
Students need up to date immunizations and a current physical examination prior to initial school entrance.