Attendance 

We value rigorous learning and high academic achievement for all students. We seek to inspire curiosity, exploration, and problem solving to understand our world. And we strive for our classrooms to be places of collaboration where ideas can be shared among all stakeholders. 

In order for students to acquire a thorough and efficient education, we expect every student to attend the entirety of each class for each day that school is in session. 

To reinforce this basic philosophy, the Princeton Public Schools Board of Education has instituted a policy that denies credit to students who have attained a passing grade in a course, but have exceeded the following number of absences:

  • Full-year Courses: 18 days missed
  • Half-year Courses: 9 days missed

  • 3 tardies = one absence

PowerSchool attendance management system assigns points to each absence and tardy. Three (3) points are assigned for each absence and one (1) point is assigned for each tardy to class. Three (3) tardies to class is equal to one (1) absence. Loss of credit will occur at the following point levels:

  • Full-year Courses: 57 points
  • Half-year Courses: 30 points

Absences caused by religious obligation or absences that are school imposed (e.g., suspensions, field trips) do not accumulate toward the limit of 18 absences.

Pupils absent from school for any reason are responsible for the completion of assignments missed because of their absence. No student excused for a religious holiday shall be deprived of an award or eligibility to compete for an award or the opportunity to make up a test given on the religious holiday.

Reporting an Absence

Parents are requested to call the attendance office at 609.806.4280 ext. 3806 between 7:00 AM and 8:30 AM to report absences for their children in advance. A student returning from an absence must bring a note from a parent/guardian or a physician to the attendance office (located outside the Main Office). If a note is received within 3 days, the absence will be listed as verified. Verified absences are counted towards the total for denial of credit. 

Attendance Procedures

A daily attendance list will be generated at the end of period two. Students who arrive late to school must report to the attendance office immediately in order to receive an Admit Slip to class.

Unverified and verified absences are counted toward the total for denial of credit.

Verified  Absences                

Verified absences include absences due to:

  • Illness
  • Minor injury
  • Family emergency
  • Pre-approved (through the Principal or Assistant Principal)
  • Family need,
  • College visits (maximum of three days),
  • Driver's test,
  • Medical/dental appointment that cannot be made outside of the school day will

A note signed by a physician, parent, or legal guardian must be received in the attendance office within three days of the student’s return from the absence.

All verified absences are counted toward the total for denial of credit.

Unverified Absences                

There is zero tolerance for unverified absences for all students. Any student who is absent from a class will be considered truant unless a written verification from a parent/legal guardian is presented or the student has participated in a school-sponsored activity. Repeated truancy of this type will become a disciplinary matter with appropriate sanctions.

Appealing Absences

Upon receiving notification concerning excessive absences, the student has the option to appeal any extenuating circumstances regarding his/her attendance record to the Attendance Review Committee. The appeal must be filed in writing with the Assistant Principal within five school days of receipt of the notice. The Attendance Review Committee may recommend a modification or restoration of credits to the principal if they deem the extenuating circumstances warrant such action. The principal shall have the final authority in all appeals at the high school. 

Appeal Process

Students in any grade level who exceed the state mandated attendance requirement of 90% present in class must submit a formal attendance appeal in writing with appropriate documentation to the Assistant Principal responsible for that student. The attendance committee will grant or deny appeals. Granted appeals will result in restored credits.

Tardy to School

Unverified and verified absences are counted toward the total for denial of credit.A student is tardy to school when they arrive after the 7:50 AM bell to begin first period. If a student is arrives late to school, he/she must sign in upon arrival to get a pass to class; otherwise he/she will be marked absent for the entire school day.

If a student arrives to school late due to illness, minor injury, family emergency, pre-approved family need, driver’s test, or medical appointment, the student should bring a letter of verification with them upon arrival to school. The student will be marked Tardy Verified. All other tardies to school will be marked Tardy Unverified.

Both verified and unverified tardies are counted toward the total for denial of course credit.

Tardy To Class

A student is tardy to class when they arrive after the bell. Tardiness results in the loss of in-class time and is a disruption to the learning process. It is expected that students be on time to class. Tardiness is a disciplinary issue and will be dealt with as such.

Teachers are encouraged to handle minor tardy infractions as part of the normal classroom procedures. As per Board of Education policy, every three tardies in each class will result in one additional absences from that class.

A student who arrives more than 10 minutes late to a class, without a valid pass from a teacher or the main office, will be admitted to class with the time recorded. Chronic tardiness will be  referred by the teacher to the Assistant Principal for appropriate disciplinary consequences.

Leaving School Early

A note should be sent with the student requesting dismissal. Please indicate the reason for and time of dismissal and parent/guardian contact name and number. The student should bring the note to the attendance window before school begins. The student will then be given a pass to leave class at the specified time. This is the student’s pass to leave class. He/She will not be called out of class for dismissal.

A parent/guardian may come to the attendance window/main office to sign a student out if no note is handed in by the student.

Students being dismissed early by a parent will be marked absent verified for the classes they missed. Documentation from a doctor, driver’s test, and/or college visit should be handed in within 3 days to have these absences verified.