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Jan 20, 2019
Charlton Heights Elementary SchoolPashley Elementary SchoolStevens Elementary SchoolO'Rourke Middle SchoolBH-BL High School

Health & Safety: Absentee Procedures

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girl with tempIt is each student’s basic responsibility as a member of the school community to be on time and attend all classes. Daily telephone calls will be made to parents or guardians to confirm unreported absences.

Children who are absent from school are not permitted to attend educational activities at school that day after school or that evening. The complete attendance policy is available in each school's individual Student Handbook. To view the Student Handbook for each school, go to the school's homepage and click on "Student Handbook" in the right-hand navigation bar. Parents may also find this list helpful: "A student should NOT attend school if ..."  

To report your child's absence: Please report your child's absence before 9 a.m. You should include your child's name, grade, teacher and the reason for the absence. If your child is absent due to illness, please briefly share your child's symptoms. Please indicate if your child has:  

  • Fever
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle aches
  • Chills/shivering
  • Runny/stuffy nose
  • Cough
  • Been diagnosed with flu by a doctor

New York State law requires a written excuse signed by the parent or legal guardian stating why a student was absent. You may use the form provided by your child's school or write your own note. The excuse must be turned into the classroom teacher on the day a student returns.


For Charlton Heights Elementary School:

Phone: Call 399-9141, ext. 85510 and leave a message at any time of the day or night; or, send a Charlton Heights absent child email.    When your child returns to school, please send him or her in with this absence excuse form.


For Pashley Elementary School:

Phone: Call 399-9141, ext. 84507 and leave a message at any time of the day or night; or, send a Pashley absent child email.  


For Stevens Elementary School:

Phone: Call 399-9141, ext. 83500 or 83504 and leave a message at any time of the day or night; or, Send a Stevens absent child email.


For O’Rourke Middle School:

If a student is absent, the parent/guardian should call the attendance office at 399-9141, ext. 84002 prior to 8:30 a.m. to report student illness or other reason for absence. Please leave the student’s name, grade, homeroom, and a brief message.

A written excuse is required explaining the student’s absence upon return. It should be given to the attendance secretary. The excuse should include student name, date(s) absent, reason for absence, and parent/guardian’s signature.


For Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School:

Parents should notify the school in advance about all absences, late arrivals, and early dismissals by completing the online attendance form, or by calling 518-399-9141, ext. 83310 to leave a message on the attendance voicemail. Please note that the high school administration reserves the right to contact you directly to verify the legitimacy of the form and any messages left on the attendance voicemail. Parents are required to come in to the building to sign out their child from the main office if they have not submitted the form or left a message by 10:30 a.m.