New York State Education Law states that all children between the ages of 6 and 16 years in proper physical and mental condition shall receive full time instruction in a public, private, or parochial school. In addition, regular attendance is a prerequisite for students to achieve to their maximum potential. Parents are encouraged to make sure that their child attends school and to support the school’s effort to eliminate truancy or absence for non-essential reasons.
Absences—In accordance with the Laws of New York State and the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, the following are legal reasons for absence in Homer Central Schools. No other reasons are accepted as legal for absences.
- Personal illness
- Illness or death in family
- Remedial health treatment (doctor, dentist, etc.)
- Required appearance in court
- Religious observance
- Approved music lessons
- Approved college visitation
- Impassable roads or weather
- Approved cooperative work program
Upon returning to school, a student who was absent must give his/her homeroom teacher a note signed by a parent/guardian stating the reason for the absence. Students may be excused for short periods of time during the day for dental and other medical appointments. Parents have the responsibility of informing the school of any anticipated extended absence. This should be done so arrangements can be made prior to the absence for make-up work.