The Board of Education of the Ballston Spa Central School District recognizes that student attendance in school is an important component of student success. Student interaction with teachers and other students in class helps to enhance the academic learning experience and provides a basis by which students can demonstrate mastery of subject matter.
Pursuant to section 104.1 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, the Ballston Spa Board of Education has adopted this comprehensive attendance policy that requires taking of attendance in each period of scheduled instruction. Any absence for a school day or portion thereof shall be recorded as excused or unexcused in accordance with the standards set forth in this policy. In the event that a pupil arrives late for or departs early for scheduled instruction, such tardiness or early departure shall be recorded as excused or unexcused.
The following reasons for pupil absences, tardiness, and early departure shall be considered by the Board of Education to be excused:
a) illness f) quarantine b) illness or death in the family g) required court appearance c) unsafe travel conditions h) participation in a school-sponsored activity d) religious observance i) up to three (3) approved college visits e) medical appointments j) approved school based cooperative work programs
Any other pupil absence, tardiness, or early departure is considered by the Board of Education to be unexcused. Each absence, tardiness, and early departure shall be accounted for by the designated school attendance personnel in the register of attendance and shall be entered as excused or unexcused.
It is the responsibility of the parents/guardians to notify the attendance office by telephone in the morning of the absence, tardiness or at the time of the early departure as to the reason for such absence, tardiness, or early departure. In addition to any oral notification, parents/guardians must provide a signed, written excuse within 10 school days of returning to school containing the date of the absence, tardiness, or early departure and reasons for such.
In order for a high school student to receive credit for a course, it is important that the student attend regular class meetings. For a student to receive credit for a course he/she must attain a 90% attendance rate for a given course. Excused absences will not be calculated into the attendance formula, provided that all make-up work is performed in a timely manner. Chronic student absenteeism will be referred to the Saratoga County District Attorney's office.
Any pupil absence that is both properly excused and for which the student has performed any assigned make-up work shall not be counted as an absence for the purpose of determining the student’s eligibility for course credit under this policy.
In-school suspension, for which the student is doing work related to his or her particular classes, and out-of-school suspension, where the student takes advantage of alternate educational services provided by the district, shall not count as absences from class under this section of the policy.
Late to School Procedure
Students will be allowed up to three (3) unexcused lates to school each marking period without penalty. The following consequences will be assigned for unexcused tardiness:
- 4 days = lunch detention
- 5 & 6 days = 1 after school detention
- 7 or more days = In school suspension (ALA)
- 10 or more days = additional loss of privileges
Attendance Office Contact information:
Mrs. Karen Walker