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Attendance

Caledonia-Mumford Central School District Attendance

Katie Hillman
Attendance Secretary

Phone: 585-538-3421
khillman@cal-mum.org

New York State Education Law provides that all children in New York State in proper physical and mental condition between the ages of six and through the year in which they turn 16, shall attend school while it is in session.

Parents are requested to call Caledonia-Mumford Central School in the morning if their child(ren) will be absent from school that day and provide a reason for the absence.

The attendance of all students eligible to attend school is considered an important element in an effective school learning program. All students are expected to attend classes on a regular basis in accordance with the provisions of Education Law.

The attendance office will be using ParentSquare as a two-way communication tool for attendance. When you know in advance that your child will be absent, you can use the form in ParentSquare, linked on the right hand side of your dashboard titled Absence Excuse. When you fill out this form in advance (24 hours before the planned absence), we will not need to notify you on the morning of the absence that your child is not in attendance at school.

We do need excuses for absences in writing so completing this step OR sending in a written note in advance with your child are the best ways to communicate. You are always welcome to email Katie Hillman at khillman@cal-mum.org or call us with questions 585-538-3421. From 11:30 to 3:00 please communicate with the Elementary Office at 585-538-3481 or the Middle/High School Office at 585-538-3483.

When your child wakes up in the morning not feeling well, you do not need to notify us before the school day starts. ParentSquare will send you an automated text message, push notification if you have the app (which we recommend) and an email providing you notice that your child is not in attendance.

With this notice, you will receive an Attendance Notice to complete electronically. This notice will come to you no later than 8:25 in the morning. The message is automated. If your child is tardy to school you may still receive the automated message asking you to verify the absence. The safety of our students is a top priority. Notifying you of their absence from school is part of our safety procedures. 

Definition Of Absences:

The following are excused absences: illness, serious illness or death in the immediate family, emergency medical or dental attention, religious holidays, and absences approved in advance by the Principal or his/her designee. The following are unexcused absences: truancy, missing the bus, trips, shopping, working, hunting, fishing or leaving school without permission. Final determination of excused and unexcused absences is subject to state and school regulations. Although students are permitted to participate in family vacations, each day of school lost is considered an unexcused absence. It is the parent’s responsibility to contact the classroom teacher to inform them of the dates of absence, as well as to request all assignments that will be missed. Prior to leaving on the trip, the parent must also notify the attendance officer of the dates of absence. A written or electronic note is required upon returning to school.

Excuses:

Upon return to school, the student must present a written excuse from home or submit one electronically. The excuse must have the reason why the student was absent and it needs to be signed and dated by the parents (this is required by law).

Excused Absences:

  • Sickness
  • Sickness or death in the family
  • Impassable roads or inclement weather
  • Religious observance
  • Quarantine
  • Required to be in court
  • Music lessons
  • Remedial health treatment
  • Approved cooperative work programs
  • Approved college visit
  • Military obligation

A student's absence for any reason other than the ones listed above is an unexcused absence.

A student that has been absent from school, must upon their return, furnish school authorities with a written excuse stating the reason for their absence. The written excuse must be signed and dated by the student's parent or guardian.

A student who has an unexcused absence from school may not attend or participate in any after school functions on that day.