Attendance Policy

Attendance Policy


Students must be present in Advisory no later than 7:50 a.m.  Official attendance for the school day will be taken during advisory period.  Class attendance is taken each period.  Daily attendance is an integral part of success at St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School and is therefore required of all students.  Whenever a student is absent, he/she misses an important part of the course content.  The student is responsible for all work that had been covered during this absence.  All assignments must be made up by the student, including all tests, study and written material.  Students should have the phone number or E-mail address of a "study buddy" in each class, should check e-chalk for assignments or should contact their "study buddy" when absent to receive homework and test dates. Frequent absences may result in denial of course credit, reduction in participation grade for a course and/or attendance at a mandatory make-up class held on Saturday.  Excessive absence or lateness to school may result in a student being ineligible to participate in after school activities, field trips, election to honor societies or Student Council Office. Excessive absence or lateness to school may result in loss of senior driving privileges and other disciplinary actions. 

Supervision is provided in the cafeteria at 7:15 a.m. and is provided between 3:00 - 5:30 p.m. while students wait for a late bus.  Students should not be dropped off prior to 7:30 a.m. and should not be picked up after 5:30 p.m.  Any student involved in an after school activity may remain after 5:30 under the supervision of a teacher/coach.  No student may remain after school unless they are under the supervision of an adult.

A student who is excessively absent, without medical verification, may be required to transfer from St. John the Baptist DHS.  A student who is excessively absent due to medical reasons may be required to enroll in home study.   A student who is excessively absent (10%) will be deemed as having “deficient learning time” and may be denied course credit.  Denial of course credit is at the recommendation of the teachers and Administration’s approval.

Since excessive absence is frequently the cause of poor grades or failure, it is of utmost importance that students be present every day. Students who participate in evening activities/athletics are expected to be on time for school the next day.  It is the policy of St. John the Baptist DHS. to promote an attendance pattern that will lead to the development of positive work skills, habits and the acquisition of knowledge.



New York State law allows a legal absence or lateness for the following reasons:  Sickness, death in the family, religious observance or requirements of court appearance. 

Seniors only are permitted two college visits (which may not exceed one night stay over) during school time.  These visitations must be approved in the Guidance Office at least one week in advance.

 Documentation of the visit must be attached to the absence note.  Students who are excessively absent may be denied college visit permission.  College visits are not permitted prior to school holidays or on days of school Masses or assemblies without administrative approval. 


State law distinguishes two types of illegal absence and lateness.  These include educational neglect and truancy.  All absences, legal or illegal, along with the record of lateness, are placed on the student records.  This becomes part of the permanent record and consequently may have implications for the future. 

A. Education Neglect - absence with the knowledge and consent of parents for other than legal reasons.  Such excuses as visiting, vacation, needed at home, work, overslept, missed bus, caring for a sibling, fall under the category of educational neglect and are not legal excuses for absence or lateness.

B. Truancy – students, whose parents expect them to be in school, yet do not attend for reasons other than those legal reasons listed above are said to be truant.  Any student considered truant will be suspended.  Repeated offenses will result in the truant officer from the home district being sent to the home.  Truancy is the willful violation by a student of the attendance provision of the school.

As a result of excessive absence/lateness the following consequences may occur:

1. Course credit may be denied.

2. Participation grade may be affected.

3. Student may be required to attend Saturday school.

4. Student may be denied permission to attend field trips.

5. Student may be denied participation in co-curricular trips and athletic activities.

6. Seniors may lose their privileges including driving, early dismissal, etc.

7. Student may be required to enroll in their home district and receive “home study”.

8. Student may be required to transfer from St. John's.

(St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School Student Handbook, 2014-2015)

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