Framingham Attendance Office

  • Attendance Matters

    About the Framingham Public Schools Attendance Office

    • Several hundred letters are mailed from this office each year to parents of student who have what was deemed as “excessive” absences.
    • The Attendance Officer meets with the majority of the elementary schools on a monthly basis to review attendance data.
    • All schools in the district rely on the Attendance Officer to pursue and file Court petitions.
    • The Attendance officer performs home visits to those students who either refuse to come to school or may be out of school and their whereabouts are unknown because a parent has not called to report the absence. There can be several of these per week.

    The Attendance Officer handles most cases where a student’s residency is in question. The Attendance officer will investigate, any case of suspected residency fraud. 

    Framingham Public Schools: Committment to Promoting Regular Attendance
    Framingham Public Schools is making a special effort to ensure that all students fully benefit from their education by attending school regularly. Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school and themselves. Your child can start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Consistent attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.

    DID YOU KNOW?

    • Starting in kindergarten, too many absences (excused and unexcused) can cause children to fall behind in school.
    • “Being in school” is a unique experience that cannot really be made up. The opportunity for class discussion, the chance for involvement with a variety of instructional media, and the opportunity to have attention from the teacher, etc. for that day is lost to the child.
    • Missing school increases the chance that your student will not read or master math at the same level as their peers.
    • Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two every few weeks.
    • Being late to school, or dismissed early, disrupts your child’s school day and may lead to poor attendance.

    WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU
    We miss your child when they are gone and we value their contributions to our school. We would like you to help your child attend regularly and so that they are successful in school. If your child is going to be absent, please contact your school's Secretary. When you call, please leave your child’s name, his/her room number, and the reason for the absence. If your child is out for three consecutive days, a doctor’s note is required.

    OUR PROMISE TO YOU
    We know that there are a wide variety of reasons that students are absent from school, from health concerns to transportation challenges. There are many people in our schools prepared to help you if you or your child face challenges in getting to school regularly or on time. Please contact your school's office staff and they will direct you to the appropriate person to help support you. We promise to track attendance daily, to notice when your child is missing from school, communicate with you to understand why they were absent, and to identify barriers and supports available to overcome challenges you may face in helping your student attend school.

    FRAMINGHAM PUBLIC SCHOOL POLICIES AND STATE LAWS
    The Framingham Public Schools' believes in the importance of regular attendance by all students. Our objective is that every student attend school every day on time, for the full day. Massachusetts General Law (School Attendance, Chapter 76 ) requires that all children between the ages of six and sixteen attend school daily. A Portions of this letter are attributable to Attendance Works http://www.attendanceworks.org/ public school district may excuse up to seven day sessions or fourteen half day sessions in any period of six months. The law requires that schools annually provide parent/guardians with instructions for calling a designated phone number at a designated time to inform the school of a student's absence and the reason for the absence. In addition, parents/guardians must provide the school with a home, work or other emergency telephone number so that they may be contacted during the school day to inquire about said absence.

    WHAT YOU CAN DO TO FOSTER GOOD ATTENDANCE HABITS

    • Set a regular bedtime and morning routine.
    • Prepare for school the night before, finishing homework and getting a good night’s sleep.
    • Find out what day school starts and make sure your child has the required immunizations.
    • Don’t let your child stay home unless they are truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
    • Avoid appointments and extended trips when school is in session.
    • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
    • Keep track of your child’s attendance. Missing more than 9 days could put your student at risk of falling behind.
    • Talk to your child about the importance of attendance.
    • Talk to your child’s teachers if you notice sudden changes in behavior. These could be tied to something going on at school.
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