Did you know that a student with 90% attendance has missed one month of school by the end of the year? Students with less than a 90% attendance rate are more likely to have lower test scores and not graduate from high school. According to the New York City Department of Education’s (DOE) Chancellor’s Regulation A-210: A student whose attendance rate is less than 90% is considered chronically absent. And although DOE schools can mark an absence as “excused” for religious reasons, illness, or some other reasons, they are still considered absences and are on a student’s record.
IMPORTANT: Please notify the school on the first day of your child’s absence. Call the school (718-263-9770) between the hours of 7:30–9:00 a.m. to report the following information: Child’s name and class, reason for the absence and the length of absence, if known. You may also email the information to Kelly Medero, Fabienne Matteis or Catherine Jarrat Koatz
Here are some basics you should know about attendance in New York City public schools:
- Schools must take attendance to show whether a student is in school or not; it’s the law.
- You can always check your child’s attendance rate (and days out and late), by logging into your NYCSA account. Contact Ms. Jarrat Koatz by email if you need log-in information.
- A note explaining the cause of absence is required on the day the student returns to school. If your child is absent for 3 or more days, a doctor's note must be given to the classroom teacher, when your child returns.
- Your child may NOT attend school with a cast, crutches, etc., without a doctor’s note explaining the injury, the length of time the child will need to wear it, any limitations (e.g. no gym), and that the child is allowed in school.
- If your child is absent, you may receive an automated call from the Department of Education. We do not control these calls at the school level.
You can find many resources to help improve your child's attendance at Every Student Present.
Intent to Travel If you will be traveling with your child on school days, please fill out our online Intent to Travel form.