From the 2022-2023 Student/Parent Handbook (p. 18)

  • ATTENDANCE/TARDY POLICY
    Regular attendance is expected and is a very important factor in a student’s success at school. “Chronic Absenteeism” is defined in New Jersey’s ESSA State Plan as the percentage of a school’s students who are not present for 10 percent or more of the days that they were enrolled in the school during the school year.

    Absences
    Absences from school shall be defined as non-attendance in regular classes and/or assigned location for the school day. Absence from school shall be either excused or unexcused. Five allowable reasons for an excused absence as per the NJDOE: A school may have a day in session that would not be counted as a day in membership for a particular student for the following reasons (New Jersey School Register, Ch.3): o Religious observance (N.J.A.C. 6A:32-8.3(h)); o A college visit (up to 3 days per school year, only for students in grades 11 and 12); o “Take Our Children to Work Day” (pursuant to the memo issued by the Commissioner to all districts on April 25, 2017) or other rule issued by the Commissioner; o Participation in observance of Veterans Day (N.J.S.A. 18A: 36-13.2) or district board of election membership activities (N.J.S.A. 18A: 36-33); or o The closure of a busing district that prevents a student from having transportation to the receiving school. *A doctor’s note does not constitute an unexcused absence. An unexcused absence shall be defined as an absence not recognized as an allowable absence as mandated by the NJDOE (see above). Examples include, but are not limited to activities such as shopping, working, faulty private transportation, hairdresser appointments, personal prom preparations, and vacations. If a student leaves school without permission from the nurse or the Academy Administrator they will receive a consequence for cutting and will not count as an excused absence. Additionally, absences due to being sent home for dress code violations will be considered as an unexcused absence. As per NJ State mandate a student with 10 (ten) consecutive unexcused absences will be removed from the rolls after a designated investigation period.
    *A doctor’s note does not constitute an unexcused absence.

    Attendance policy: The following procedures will take place once a student reaches 3 unexcused absences:
    ● At 3 daily absences, a letter will be mailed home indicating their attendance record. Parental contact will be made by the school’s attendance officer or designee.
    ● If a student is on track to be chronically absent, the parent/guardian and student will be taken to attendance court. As per district policy 5200, a secondary student may be dropped from a course or denied course credit when he/she has been absent from 18 or more of the class sessions, whatever the reason for the absence, except that absences for the observance of a religious holiday, absences for those excused in accordance with the reporting requirements of the school register, or absences caused by a student’s suspension will not count toward the total.
    Please note: Any students who are absent from school are not allowed to participate in any extra-curricular activity including practice, games or performances, unless the Academy Administrator or Lead Principal has issued a release.

    Attendance Monitoring
    Long Branch High School will use the following tools to notify parents/guardians of student absences and tardies:

    1. Parent/Guardian Contact
    ● The parents of any student who is absent for the day will be contacted via our automated phone system. It is essential that the school has all updated contact information so that contact can be made.
    ● Letter sent home after 3 daily absences and parents will be contacted by the school attendance officer or designee.

    2. Report Cards
    Report cards will be mailed home at the end of each marking period. The student’s attendance in each class will be listed.

    3. Teacher Contacts
    The teacher will contact the parents/guardians of students whose attendance is negatively impacting their academic performance.

    4. Student Facilitator/Counselor/Attendance Officer
    Parents of students who have chronic attendance issues will be contacted by the Attendance Officers. Extreme cases will be referred to the Long Branch Municipal Court.

    5. Parent Portal
    Parents/Guardians of students who have access to Genesis Parent Portal can monitor their child’s attendance at any time. If you need access to the parent portal, please visit the district website to complete the online form.

    Early Dismissal from School Any student who is dismissed from the building early must have permission from their parent/guardian. The parent/guardian must pick the student up or call the main office to grant permission. Please note: calling a student out of school does not constitute an excused absence unless documentation of an approved excused absence is provided. The school will not permit any student to leave the building without making contact with the parent. In the event that a student leaves the building without permission, they will be given consequences and the parent/guardian will be contacted.

    Tardiness
    Tardiness shall be defined as not being in an assigned seat or at an assigned station by the time the bell or signal ceases. Lateness due to personal transportation and oversleeping are not considered excused tardiness. Excused tardiness shall be defined as a tardy occurring with the approval of an Academy Administrator. Examples include, but are not limited to activities such as death in the family, school-sponsored educational activity, and external activity sanctioned or approved by the Academy Administrator such as medical appointments, or court appearances.

    ● School begins at 7:30 a.m. The initial bell will ring at 7:20 to alert students that they may go to their locker. All students must be seated in their period A class by 7:30 a.m.
    ● Regular attendance is vital to your success in high school. Every effort must be made to arrive on time for school. Continued tardiness will require a conference with the Guidance Counselor and/or Attendance       Officer. Further disciplinary action will be taken if the tardiness continues after the conference. The action may include but is not limited to suspension from all extra-curricular activities.
    ● Students entering after 7:30 must sign in at one of the desks in the main lobby. Failure to sign in will result in an unexcused absence from the class.
    ● Students arriving later than 8:00 a.m. must enter through the main office and sign in at the front desk.

    Consequences
    Tardy to School Policy:
    ● If a student is late to school 5 times in a marking period, they will receive a two-hour Saturday detention.
    ● For every additional 5 tardies in a marking period, the student will be assigned a four hour Saturday detention.
    ● If a student does not attend Saturday detention, they will receive a day of in school suspension from 7:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. |
    ● Failure to comply will result in suspension from all extra-curricular activities and loss of senior privileges as determined by the Academy Administrator.

    Tardy to Class Policy
    ● If a student is late to class 5 times in a marking period, the teacher will write a discipline referral and the student will receive a central detention. and will have a meeting with their student facilitator
    ● If a student is late to class 10 times in a marking period, the teacher will write a discipline referral and the student will receive an extended detention. The student and parent will be required to have a meeting with the student facilitator