Absences & Tardiness


Pupils are expected to attend school every day school is in session, unless prevented by personal illness or family emergency. Massachusetts General Law states that a Superintendent or his/her designee may excuse cases of necessary absence for causes other than physical incapacity. Please refer to the District Attorney’s letter and the Truancy and Attendance Information for Parents and Guardians. 


School starts promptly at 8:15 for Middle and High School and 8:03 am for Elementary Schools. Students arriving after those times are considered tardy.

A note is required whenever your child is late unless the tardiness is due to delayed district transportation. Notes should be turned in to the classroom teacher, not the school secretary. Notes should include the student’s name, reason for the tardiness, parent’s signature, and a phone number where the parent/guardian can be reached.

Parents may be contacted by the principal after the student reaches his/her sixth tardy in one trimester. Habitual tardiness may result in: loss of recess to make up missed work, after-school detention, or suspension. However, in extreme circumstances or instances it may require the school to solicit assistance from the COURT or DEPARTMENT of CHILDREN and FAMILY SERVICES.