UAI Attendance Policy

 

Calendar

May 2019

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
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  • 7th Grade Advisory Field Trips
  • CDOS Workshop/Pre-test Session
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  • Session 1 Regular Admin of HS NYSESLAT
  • AP Environmental Science
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  • Session 2 of NYSESLAT - MS and HS
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  • 6th Grade Field Trip to Chelsea Piers
  • UFT Consultation Committee Meeting
  • Mock Regents - 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th dismissed at 12
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  • Mock Regents - 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th dismissed at 12
  • PTA Meeting
  • UAI Parent Teacher Conferences - as per DOE
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  • Mock Regents - 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th dismissed at 12
  • Senior Field Trip to Kalahari Indoor Waterpark
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  • NYSESLAT Make-ups
  • DRPs in ELA classes - extra laptops needed schedule pending
  • Conference room in use by Danielle & Kelly
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  • NYSESLAT Make-ups
  • DRPs in ELA classes - extra laptops needed schedule pending
  • Ap English
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  • NYSESLAT Make-ups
  • Deadline for registering June regents in STARS
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  • PTA Elections
  • SLT Meeting on Monday, May 20, 2019
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  • SAT Make-up day!
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  • Memorial Day - No School
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For any student, excellent attendance is the first necessary requirement for academic achievement and personal development. Common sense indicates that a student may be absent for personal illness or emergencies at home. The goal should, however, be 100% attendance. 

 

The DOE acknowledges the importance of regular attendance in an effective instructional program.

All UAI  Students must attend school from 8:30 AM to 2:50 PM Monday- Friday. We encourage all students to arrive to school at least 10 minutes prior to their first period class.  The school building opens for breakfast at 8:00 AM every morning and all students are entitled to a free breakfast

Below you will find procedures on how to handle your child’s absence from school. Please review thoroughly and follow accordingly if your child will be absent.

WHEN ARE ABSENCES EXCUSABLE?

Absence from school is coded as excusable for: personal illness, religious observance, attendance at special events (authorized by the school), or a family emergency beyond the student’s control (such as fire or death in the family). As a reminder, Excused Absences are still counted as missed school days on your child’s attendance.

WHO DO I CONTACT AT THE SCHOOL IF MY DAUGHTER WILL BE ABSENT?

If your daughter is going to be absent for the day, due to illness or other reasons, please call the Main Office and speak to Ms. Nancy. Ms. Nancy can be contacted at (718)260-2300 X14553. Parent(s)/guardians MUST call the school’s parent coordinator in cases of extended absences. The school’s parent coordinator, Ms. Carol can be contacted by calling the school at (718)260-2300 X14522.

 

SHOULD MY CHILD RETURN TO SCHOOL WITH A NOTE IF SHE HAS BEEN ABSENT?

A note from a doctor or healthcare professional must be provided in cases of extended or frequent

absence due to illness.  All medical notes should be handed-in to Ms. Nancy at the front office. Absences due to illness, religious observance, and family emergency, or high school admission visit by 8th grade students, are considered “excused.”

When students miss school due to extended family vacations or other reasons that do not fit the categories outlined above, these absences are recorded as unexcused. 

 

If a student is absent for any reason, please call the school and speak to Ms. Nancy. When she returns to school, she should also bring a note that explains why she was absent. Often a note from a parent or a doctor is sufficient for an absence to be coded as ‘excused.’ If a child went to a doctor, that child will bring in a doctor’s note to school. Regardless of the reason for an absence, students are responsible for the materials missed. Teachers will work with students to help them make up work missed due to an 

excused absence. Each child is required to attend school each and every day. All absences must be documented and kept on file. Students with excessive absences are referred to appropriate school staff and agencies. In order for us to documents accurately the nature of your child’s absence, we have provided a sample

absentee note:

SAMPLE ABSENT NOTE 

Child’s full name (first and last)Homeroom ClassDate(s) your child missed schoolReason for the absence

Parent’s full name (first and last)

 

Parent’s signature

 

 

 

If your child has been seen by a doctor, please submit the physician’s note. 

 

HOW DOES UAI DEFINE LATENESS?

Every child is expected to arrive no later than 8:20/8:30 a.m. Any student arriving in Advisory at 8:21/8:31 a.m. is considered late to school.

 

WHAT HAPPENES IF MY CHILD IS EXCESSIVELY LATE?

Students with excessive lateness (more than 5) will be referred to appropriate school staff and agencies for assistance. Consequences range from lose of UAI privileges such as Open Lunch and opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities. Parents/Guardians will also be expected to attend a conference with their child and UAI’s Attendance Team to discuss lateness concerns.

Latenesses have detrimental impact on student learning, achievement and grades. If a student arrives at UAI after 9:00 AM, a late pass will be given out by the school staff in one of the administrations office.

 

HOW DO I INFORM UAI IF MY CHILD WILL ARRIVE TO SCHOOL LATE?

Students who report to school late because of early morning appointments must present a Doctor’s note, a Court Order or some other form of official documentation to the staff in the Main Office. Students will be issued a late pass and their official school attendance record will be corrected. Students will not be excused for lateness due to transportation problems, unless the problem is confirmed by the MTA.  As a reminder, First Block starts at 8:20/8:30 AM. Any student that is not in their assigned classroom at 8:20/8:30 AM is considered late to school.

 

HOW WILL I KNOW IF MY CHILD WAS LATE TO SCHOOL?

When a student is absent or arrives late it is documented in our system and you will receive a phone call regarding your child’s lateness or absence. The school will work to inform you about your child’s attendance through phone calls, letters home and in cases of sever lateness or attendance issues, visits by our Attendance Teacher or UAI’s Attendance Team.

 

ABSENT CALLS HOME

If your child is officially absent from school, and you have not informed the school that your child will be out, the school will call you.

 

PROCEDURES FOR EARLY DEPARTURES

Arrangements for the early departure of students from school must be made in advance whenever possible. Parents can contact the Main Office and speak with a staff member regarding the time and reason for the early departure. If a student is under the age of 18, they MUST be escorted out of the building by an individual listed on their blue card. Students will not be released to other minors.

If a child has to leave school early for any reason, make sure your child is aware so she is fully prepared, in advance, to leave. Parents must sign-in at the school’s main security desk and will go to the Main Office (Room 145) when to pick up a child.  In UAIs Main Office, you will be asked to sign your child out of school. All children must be signed out before they may leave the building.

 

IMPACT OF LATENESS AND ABSENCES

Lateness to subject class may also result in a lower class average due to the loss of instructional time in activities. Students not in attendance during any school day are not permitted to engage in school-related activities on the day of said absence.  Parents should be aware that a good attendance record is extremely  important, especially in 7th grade,  as attendance during this year is used as a screen for the high school admission process. If a student has  accumulated more than 10 combined absences and latenesses, it is very important that the student provide medical or other documentation so the school can record and code these absences/late arrivals  appropriately. Excused and unexcused absences are perceived differently by the high school admissions departments.

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