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Reminders from the Office

Please refer to the Parent/Student Handbook for additional information.

Early Arrivals
Children are not supervised outside the school until 9:00 a.m. The school cannot assume responsibility for students who arrive before that time. NO STUDENT IS TO ARRIVE BEFORE 9:00 A.M.

The Massachusetts General Law requires attendance at school for children between six and sixteen years old (see the Appendix for detailed information on truancy and attendance). The Framingham School Committee has set forth the following regulations for monitoring attendance:

  • Parents must notify the school about absences and tardiness as soon as possible.
  • Each school scrutinizes attendance records
  • Continued absence, particularly due to truancy, shall be identified

The School Committee policy states that acceptable reasons for being absent from school are personal illness, death in the family, religious holidays, and appearance in court. If you plan to take your child out of school for unapproved reasons, you may request that teachers provide the missed material, but they are not required to do so. Realizing this, please consult with the appropriate administrators and teachers before taking your child out of school for unapproved reasons.

Reporting an Absence or Tardy
PLEASE notify the school of your child will be absent or tardy. For your convenience, an answering machine is set up to receive information about absences or tardiness for the day. The procedure is as follows:

  • Please call 508-626-9155 between 6:00A.M. and 9:00 A.M. if your child is to be absent OR tardy. Give the child’s full name, room number, teacher’s name, and a brief reason for the absence or tardiness.
  • All tardy students should report to the office with an adult upon arrival with a written note explaining the reason for tardiness. The student will have an opportunity to provide information about lunch and be given a late pass.

The Dunning administration has the responsibility to work directly with families where tardiness is continual and unexplained. The administration and attendance officer may interview parents or guardians about the issue.

  • All pupils who are absent may not attend or participate in school events that day, unless the school principal grants permission prior to the event.
  • If you are unable to phone, please ask a sibling or friend to deliver a note to the school secretary before the start of school.
  • If your child has been reported absent on the attendance sheets, and we have not received a phone call or note from you explaining the absence, every effort will be made to contact you regarding your child’s absence.

Early Dismissal
A written request from you is necessary for early dismissal. Requests should be received in the school office before the start of the school day (unless an emergency arises) and must be approved by the principal. Please understand that the school hours every day are 9:15 am- 3:30 pm and students should be present and accounted for the entire school day unless of an emergency.Our attendance system requires documentation of reasons for student tardiness, absences, and dismissals. In addition, some important guidelines for the early dismissal process are:

  • Teachers may not authorize a dismissal.
  • Students will be dismissed to a parent/guardian or other responsible adult, only if a written note with the name of the adult has been submitted to the office.
  • The school does not encourage the early dismissal of children for non-school purposes.
  • Early dismissal for illness must be followed through by the parent or by a person authorized by the parent/guardian.
  • The school principal must approve specific request for non-attendance at school.
  • Dismissal of groups of children for non –school activity is not permitted.

After-School Playground Use
It is important that all safety rules that are in effect during the school day are being followed on the playground after students are dismissed. Please be aware of the following guidelines regarding the playgrounds:

  • Climbing in trees is not permitted on the school property.
  • Students should not be climbing, sliding, or standing on the top of the slides, monkey bars, or climbing apparatus.
  • Students should be supervised by an adult at all times. No children should be playing on the playground after school without an adult present.
  • Students should be met by an adult immediately upon dismissal.