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Attendance Policy

The East Orange Board of Education supports the concept that increased student time on academic tasks improves academic achievement. The intent of an attendance policy is to reduce student absenteeism and ensure increased student time on academic tasks.

State law requires regular attendance of each student in this district between the ages of six and sixteen (twenty-one if classified). Students are required to be in attendance 162 to 180 days in order to be considered or a passing grade, course credit, promotion, or graduation. 

Attendance of students enrolled in the school of this district during the days and time school is in session unless the student is excused for:

  1. Personal illness or injury
  2. Death of a member of the family or household
  3. Absence due to court intervention
  4. Religious holidays as prescribed in N.J.S.A 18A: 36-16
  5. Quarantine
  6. College Visitations
  7. School Sponsored Activities
  8. Unique circumstances which may develop on a case-by-case basis
  9. Suspensions

Proper documentations are required to verify all absences. Parents or guardians of students under age 16 are advised that they may be taken to court for excessive absences. Chronic Absenteeism and truancy is against state law. Parents or guardians of students 16 years of age and older will be advised that repeated absence of their child is cause for his or her removal from school.