Attendance Policies/Procedures

**If your child is going to be absent from school, please notify the school through one of the following ways:

  1. Call the attendance office: 732-382-0910  x3143 and leave a voicemail
  2. EMail ALJAttendance@clarkschools.org
  3. Parent Portal by clicking “Notify Attendance Office” on the summary page - please be sure to leave a note with the reason for absence. 

 

Regular attendance is essential to the successful completion of a course of study. and is required on all of the days the high school is in session. The official school attendance is taken at the start of Block 1 (7:50 A.M.) each day. Students arriving after that time must report to the Attendance Office for a late pass and will be marked as tardy.

 

Attendance Policies

Students may lose credit in certain courses due to excessive absenteeism.  Please see below for the number of allowable absences (both excused and unexcused) as well as when warning letters will be sent out:

Full Year Class:  11 Absences (lose credit on the 12th)

       -Warning letters sent after 3rd, 6th, and 9th absence

Physical Education: 9 Absences (lose credit on the 10th)

       -Warning letters sent after 3rd, 5th, and 7th absence

Half-year or Semester: 7 Absences (lose credit on the 8th)

       -Warning letters sent after 2nd and 4th absences

Health or 1 marking period: 5 Absences (lose credit on the 6th)

       -Warning letters sent after 2nd and 4th absences

 

Parent conferences may also be held following a second warning if the Assistant Principal deems it necessary. These conferences can be held either in-person, over the phone, or through Zoom/Google Meet. 

 

If the attendance office does not receive communication from a parent or guardian regarding a student's absence, our attendance secretary will be reaching out to confirm the student’s absence.  State law requires that the school notify the police when a child is missing. To meet this obligation, the administration can do any of the following after the third consecutive day of absence without notification from the home:

  1. Contact the Clark or Garwood PD to perform a welfare check on the house and student
  2. File truancy charges with the municipal court if the child is between the ages of 6 and 16
  3. Contact the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P—formerly known as DYFS) and the police on the third consecutive day of absence without notification from the home as to the reason for the absence. 

 

Excused Absences

An absence may be excused by administration for any of the following reasons with the accompanying documentation:  Personal illness (doctor’s note needed) family illness or death, court appearances, religious observations, pupil suspensions, college visits, driver’s license examination, dental appointments, or any other reason deemed appropriate by administration.  While these absences are counted as excused, they still count towards a student’s total number of absences. 

 

Attendance Review Committee

The attendance review committee consists of the Principal, Assistant Principal, School Nurse, School Counselor, CST member, and/or teacher.  If a student were to exceed the number of allowable absences or has an absence in question, the attendance review committee will meet to review any documentation and make a final decision on whether to excuse any absences in question.  

 

Extracurricular Activities

Students must be in school for a total of 4-hours in order to be eligible to participate in any after-school activity for that day.  This includes: sports practice or games, music performances, field trips, club activities, prom, among others. Additionally, poor overall attendance may also disqualify a student from attending any of the above events

Tardies

Tardiness deprives a student of a thorough and efficient education. Promptness is a responsibility of both the student and the parent/guardian. Any student who arrives to class after 7:50 A.M. must report directly to the attendance office in order to be admitted to class. Any student who is tardy is required to make up for missed work. Instances of tardiness to school will constitute a single unexcused absence in the ratio of four tardies to school being equivalent to one unexcused absence. Excessive tardiness will result in disciplinary action and the accumulation of unexcused absences may result in the denial of course credit. If a student misses one-quarter of the class period (20 minutes), the student will be considered absent.  IE: Students arriving after 8:10am will be marked absent for the first block.  Please see the below chart for tardy-related discipline.  More details on this policy can be found in our student handbook. 

 

Tardy To School

 

Number of Tardies

Accumulates

Disciplinary Action

Three (3)

One

One day Loss of Privilege

Six (6)

Two

Two days LOP + Parent Notification

Nine (9)

Three

One day Admin Detention, and Parent Conference

 

* Discipline resets after the 9th tardy. Additional “lates to school” will continue to accumulate as unexcused absences and will be subject to disciplinary action. Senior parking privileges may also be suspended in the event of excess tardies. The accumulation of excessive absences could lead to a Referral to Municipal Court as deemed appropriate by the administration.