All students are expected to be in school on time every day. Attendance at school has a direct impact on student achievement. Being present at school is crucial to the students’ social, academic, and career success.
HOW THE ATTENDANCE POLICY IS MONITORED AND ENFORCED
A daily ConnectEd call will be made to the home each time a student is absent or consistently tardy to determine the reason for the absence or tardy. “Wake-Up” calls are made to the home at 6 A.M. to assist consistently tardy students.
If a determination is made that the student is truant, a Saturday detention will be issued immediately.
If a student cannot be reached or begins to accumulate excessive absences the parent liaison will make a home visit with the SRO and the Administrative Dean or her designee.
If a student accumulates 6 absences, the Parent Liaison/Guidance Counsellor will meet with student and a warning letter will be sent home informing parents.
If a student accumulates 10 absences (or more), a “Danger of Failing” letter will be sent home requesting a Parental Conference with the Dean and Support Staff Team to review interventions, discuss reasons for excessive absences, and to develop a student-centered plan to resolve attendance issue.
In the event the student accumulates 14 absences, the student will receive an Administrative Failure for the year and will need to meet with the Attendance Review Board for an appeal.
Consistent with the Massachusetts General Laws, GLTS has adopted the following attendance policy: Section 1 of Chapter 76 of the Massachusetts General Laws states that the school Superintendent-Director (or delegated representative) may excuse cases of necessary absences.
Students are allowed absences for the following reasons:
Death in Immediate Family
Injury verified with a doctor's note
Emergency medical/dental visit with a doctor's note
College visit (seniors only - limited to two days per quarter) with a parent/guardian note
Extraordinary circumstances on a case-by-case basis may be presented to the Attendance Review Team for evaluation of merit.
In the event a student must be absent:
Parents/guardians are expected to call the attendance office on each day that his/her child is absent by 8:30 A.M.
Please call 978-686-0194 ext. 3041 or ext. 3042 and tell us:
the name of the legal guardian calling in the absence
the name of your student who is absent
the reason for the absence
contact telephone number
This telephone notification is necessary so the Attendance Office can document and confirm that the parent/guardian is aware of the student's absence. If a phone call is not received then a call from GLTS to the home will be placed.
ABSENT NOTE REQUIRED:
On the day the student returns to school from being absent, the student is to bring a note to the attendance office in the morning from 7:35 – 7:55 or after school from 2:30 – 3:00. The note needs to include the following information:
Student's full name (printed);
Student identification number;
Date(s) of the absence;
The reason for the absence;
A contact telephone number so the school can confirm the note with the parent/guardian;
The parent/guardian printed name and signature.
Please be aware the school makes random, unannounced home visits, especially to those students with excessive absences. When a student is out of school, the school may impose requirements that must be met upon the student’s return to school.
Students who are absent from school are responsible for completing all missed class work and homework.
Students absent from school five (5) consecutive days or more due to health reasons will be required to provide a medical note and be readmitted through the attendance office and the school nurse.
Students absent from school five (5) consecutive days or more for reasons other than health will be required to provide a written and signed parental excuse and be readmitted through the Assistant Principal, Attendance Office and the Guidance Office.
On the day of the absence, a student will lose the privilege to participate in any athletic event and may lose the privilege to participate in extracurricular or after-school social events. If the absence occurs on the day before a weekend or holiday, the loss of privileges may extend until the next school day.
Advisors and coaches must keep current with student attendance so as not to include an ineligible student. Parent liaisons will assist advisors and coaches.
“Family Vacations” outside of the scheduled school vacation periods are not permitted. Students who take "vacations" with their parents outside of scheduled school vacation periods, shall be marked absent, and will be subject to consequences under this attendance policy.
PROLONGED SICKNESS/HOSPITALIZATION: In cases of prolonged sickness or hospitalization, absent days related to a specific period of illness will be brought to the Attendance Review Board for consideration. The illness must be documented with the guidance department and school nurse. In these cases tutoring opportunities are available; students should contact their guidance counselor for more details.
"Prolonged sickness/hospitalization" will be defined as being a period of time in excess of ten (10) days for a single illness. Students must report cases of prolonged illness or hospitalization to their guidance counselors.
OTHER PROLONGED ABSENCES
Students remanded to Division of Youth Services Program or other Executive Office of the Human Affairs Programs will have their absences exempt from PROBATIONARY status for the days they are in the program. The student’s guidance counselor and the attendance office must document such program placement as long as they are tutored.
Morning Punctuality: All students are required to arrive to school on time and be in their homeroom, prepared and in full uniform, when the bell sounds at 7:44. Those students who are late must report to the cafeteria lobby and sign in with the Parent Liaison. Students entering school after 7:45 will report to the Discipline Office to sign in. A parent call or note, notifying the school of a student's tardiness is required.
Students who arrive to school tardy (unexcused) three times in a quarter will serve detention from 2:30 to 3:00 p.m. on the days they are tardy to school. Repeated tardiness will result in Saturday detention or a placement in the Education Responsibility Center.
Students entering school prior to 11:00 A.M. will be considered tardy/present. Students entering the school after 11:00 A.M. will be considered tardy absent for the day.
Attendance at school has a direct impact on student achievement. Students should not be dismissed during school hours except for family or medical emergencies, personal illness and school sponsored activities. All dismissals should be able to be verified. Non-emergency appointments need to be scheduled after school hours.
Students leaving school after to 11:00 A.M. will be considered dismissed/present. Students leaving the school prior 11:00 A.M. will be considered dismissed/absent for the day.
Parents are hereby informed that students will not be interrupted in their classrooms or career area during the instructional day. If an emergency exists, the principal or her designee will make the decision to call the student from class.
Dismissals constitute an absence from class. Class work must be made up under the same circumstances as any class absence.
Dismissal from class (or classes) to participate in a school-sponsored event is considered an ADMINISTRATIVE DISMISSAL and is exempt from disciplinary or grading consequences.
In the event a student must be dismissed:
Students may be dismissed from school by bringing a note with written parental permission. All dismissal notes must be submitted to the attendance officer by 8:00 A.M.
Parent Liaisons must verify the dismissal with parents or legal guardian therefore a home number, work or cell phone number must be included so that we may verify the dismissal. Students leaving school before 11:00 A.M. will be marked "Dismissed Absent".
A NECESSARY dismissal absence may be granted for the following reasons:
Death in Immediate Family
Massachusetts General Law: Chapter 76, s 4. Inducing Absences: Penalty
Whoever induces or attempts to induce a minor to absent himself unlawfully from school, or unlawfully employs him or harbors a minor who, while school is in session, is absent unlawfully from there, and shall be punished by a fine of not more than two hundred dollars. Amended 1969, C.543.
Child Requiring Services (CRA) - Formerly “CHINS”
If a student is under the age of 16 and is excessively absent from school. The Assistant Principal will request that the Supervisor of Attendance file a CRA with the juvenile court. (CRA, may be filed for a “Stubborn Child” or “Truancy” issue.)
In these instances the courts will assist the parent and school in improving the student’s attendance.
At the end of the year the attendance office will submit a list of students with poor attendance for that school year to the Assistant Principal/Dean. The following will then take place:
A letter will be sent home reinforcing our attendance policy to the parent/legal guardian.
An attendance meeting will be scheduled in September.
Make up days
For students who have had extenuating circumstances and have accrued excessive absences, Greater Lawrence Technical School may offer the opportunity for makeup options for missed days. These must be approved by the Attendance Review Board. Options include Saturday school, after school opportunities, and summer school. Four hours of time in any of the attendance make up programs should be equivalent to one full day of school attendance.
Any student who attends an attendance make up program must be engaged in meaningful academic work that addresses skills missed during their absence.
When attending the Make Up Program, students will report to the Education Responsibility Center (ERC) room.
Students must be prepared to work for the entire period.
Students are expected to make up work which they missed during the absence
Students are to retrieve work from their instructors
Students will leave finished work with the monitor at the end of the period.