Students enrolled at Bordentown Regional High School, as well as in other New Jersey public schools, are required to maintain regular attendance throughout the school year. Attendance records are frequently required by colleges, employers, and transferring schools.
Following is a complete explanation of our attendance regulations.
The following regulations have been developed to discourage the practice of cutting class, tardiness, and truancy and to prevent excessive absenteeism in the high school.
Tardy is defined as entering a class after the indicated starting time up to fifteen (15) minutes without a pass. More than fifteen (15) minutes without a pass will count as truancy.
The only acceptable excuses for being tardy are administrative removal from class, guidance appointments initiated by the guidance counselors and not the student, emergencies that require the nurse’s attention as determined by the school nurse, and situations requiring administrative attention as determined by an administrator.
Types of Absences
Excused: Will not count toward loss of credit. Excused absences include: religious holidays as prescribed by the State Department of Education, school sponsored activities, college visitations (limited to 3, documentation must be provided from the educational institution), Take Your Child to Work Day (documentation must be provided by the workplace), school suspensions mandated by the administration, and administrative removal from class.
Verified: Counts towards loss of credit, however verified absences have been confirmed by a parent. For an absence to be considered “verified”, a note or phone call from a parent or doctor must be presented by the third day after the student returns to school. The label “verified” simply guarantees that all work missed by absences may be made up for credit.
Verified absences from school include, but are not limited to the following:
Unverified/Truant: Counts towards loss of credit, however a parent has not confirmed the absence with the attendance office. All unverified absences will count toward truancy.
The only absences which will not count toward loss of credit are: religious holidays as prescribed by the State Department of Education, school sponsored activities, college visitations (limited to 3) school suspensions mandated by the administration, and administrative removal from class.
Students who are absent from school due to medical reasons should follow the following procedure:
Extended consecutive absences that can be verified by a doctor’s note may be reduced to one day per the attendance policy.
This policy is not intended to remove credit from those students who have a chronic and/or serious medical problem. For these students, we request that parents contact their child’s guidance counselor or school nurse early in the year in order that proper arrangements can be made to provide maximum assistance in the education of these students.
Students on non-credit status may not participate in any extracurricular activities or interscholastic athletics.
Thank you for your cooperation.