Regular school attendance and punctuality are required of all pupils. Round Hill Elementary School's student schedule runs from 8:50 A.M. until 3:00 P.M. A child's learning may be seriously affected by repeated absences and/or tardiness. The faculty urges parents to make non-emergency medical and dental appointments for their children either after school or on weekends and during vacation periods. Most physicians, dentists, and orthodontists are cooperative when the importance of not disrupting your child's education is explained. When a child is absent for an extended period of time, he/she misses much more than just assignments. He/she misses the teacher's explanation, the class discussion, experiments, demonstrations, and the opportunity to ask questions. In short, the child misses the chance to receive as full an education as can be provided. Please consider this matter seriously. By stressing the importance of regular school attendance and punctuality, you will help your child establish a work ethic that will serve him or her well in the future.
If your child is late, he/she must report to the Health Office to obtain a late pass. If an absence is to be longer than one day, please phone the Health Office at 497-2200 ext. 25531 and report the child's name and the nature of the illness. Communicable health problems such as chicken pox, head lice, ringworm, conjunctivitis, etc. should be reported immediately. State law prohibits school attendance for children with these conditions.
Provision for school financial aid under New York State Law is affected by unnecessary absences as support is based on the average daily attendance of pupils. If your child is absent from school, the following procedures should be followed:
- Give your child a signed written excuse for the absence indicating the date(s) and reason(s) for the absence.
- When the child arrives at school, he/she will present the excuse note to the teacher.
- If the absence was due to a communicable disease, the youngster will be asked to report to the school nurse for a brief examination to determine if the child should be in school.
- The school nurse, after examination, will determine whether or not the child may return to class.
Absences for: "visiting," "away," "vacation," "shopping," "needed at home," "caring for baby," "work," "overslept," etc. are not appropriate under the rules of the Commissioner of Education and the State Education Law, and shall be considered unexcused absences and or lateness. School personnel will not be required to supply assignments, homework, test make-ups, etc. to those students who are absent from school for these reasons.
Requests for homework on the day of a student absence should be made with a phone call to the office before 10:30 A.M. This will allow time to notify the teacher of the request and time for the teacher to prepare the assignments. Work may be picked up in the office after 2:30 P.M.