Windham High School Attendance

Windham High School Attendance Office

Phone: 860-465-2460 x12014
Fax: 860-465-2463

Liza Velez

Regular Attendance Boosts Student Achievement.

Windham High School staff strongly believes that classroom attendance is an indicator of success. Regular and punctual attendance is essential for educational success. Students must remember that absences and tardiness become part of the student's permanent record which is often requested by higher institutions and potential employers. Being punctual and attendance is extremely important.

Attendance Definitions

Attendance - Present
A student is present at his/her assigned school, or an activity sponsored by the school (e.g., field trip), for at least half of the regular school day.

Absent Tardy
If a student is more than ten (10) minutes late to class or out of class without a pass or note.

Early Dismissal
A student is considered absent if they miss four (4) or more classes in a day. Includes excused absences, unexcused absences or out of school suspensions.

Excused Absence
(1-9 Totals Days of Absence)
Up to the first nine absences, a student may be considered excused for any reason that the student's parent or guardian approves. This includes excused and unexcused absences and requires documentation within 10 days of an absence.

Excused Absence
(10+ Total Days of Absence)
In excess of 10 absences, students must provide documentation in the form of a parent/guardian note and additional documentation as noted below. Acceptable reasons for an absence to be considered excused are:

  • Student illness (an appropriately licensed medical professional note and including length of absences).

  • Student's observance of a religious holiday.

  • Death in the student's family or other emergency beyond the control of the student's family.

  • The lack of transportation that is normally provided by a district other than the one the student attends (parental documentation is not required for this reason).

  • Extraordinary educational opportunities pre-approved by district administrators.

Unexcused Absence
A student is considered to have an unexcused absence if they are absent from a regularly scheduled school day or part of a day does not fall under the excused absences as defined under "Excused absence” (10+ Total Days of Absence)

State Law Definitions

A student who has four (4) unexcused absences in one month or ten (10) in one school year.

Habitually Truant
A student who is absent unexcused twenty (20) days in one school year.

Chronically Absent
A student's total number of absences at any time during a school year is equal or greater than 10 % of the total number of days the student has been enrolled during the school year.