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Attendance Letter

Dear Parent/Guardian,

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 so that they are successful in school.  If your child is going to be absent, please contact Shannon Pierson at 508-626-9155. 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 building prepared to help you if you or your child face challenges in getting to school regularly or on time.  Please contact Shannon Pierson and she 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 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.

School is in session from 9:05 a.m. until 3:05 p.m.   Students are welcome to begin arriving at school at 8:50 a.m., when staff are present to greet them. Our goal is to have all students in their classrooms by 9:05 daily.  If your child is absent or tardy 5 or more days, you will receive a letter from us regarding their attendance record.


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.

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to read this important information.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s attendance, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Sincerely,

Michele Schecter, Principal

Amy Mulkerin, Assistant Principal