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If your child is going to be absent from school, please contact Ms. Zoraida Maldonado at 860-695-9450 or maldz001@hartfordschools.org

State law requires attendance at school. Being in the classroom, doing assigned work, and contributing to the classes on a regular basis are important to success in school. Attendance is taken in each class daily and reported to main office for accurate record keeping. Whenever your child is absent from school, the parent/guardian needs to send a note explaining the absences with the student the day he/she returns. Excessive absences may result in loss of credit or retention. For further information on attendance policies, please see Hartford Public Schools Board of Education Polices in Appendix 2.

Download the HPS Attendance Policy Manual for more information.

Examples of Excused Absences

  • Medical problems (Documentation will be requested. Students are expected to attend medical appointments after school whenever possible).
  • Family emergencies
  • Court appearances
  • Death in family
  • College interviews or visits
  • Religious holidays

Examples of Unexcused Absences

  • Truancy
  • Oversleeping
  • Missed bus
  • Family vacations

Early Dismissal by parental request

Instructional time is valuable learning time and should not be interrupted unless it is absolutely necessary. Students who need to be dismissed from school must present a note signed by parent/ guardian to the office. Parent/guardian must sign the student out in the main office before leaving for an early dismissal. Only adults who are listed in the school’s records as being authorized will be allowed to take a student from the school.

Truancy and SST Referrals

When a student has four unexcused absences in one month or ten unexcused absences in one year, he/she will be truant. When a child is TRUANT a Family with Service Needs (FWSN) referral MAY be made and every effort will be made to work with the family. The school will contact you to schedule an Early Intervention Team (EIT) meeting to discuss your child’s situation. At Pathways, a meeting with a parent is held to complete a student and parent interview and identify interventions and supports for the family. Please see Hartford Public Schools Board of Education Polices in Appendix (page 21).

Class cuts

Class cuts are unexcused absences. The consequences for cutting class are, but not limited to the following:

  • Student conference and/or contact with parent/ guardian.
  • Students will be assigned detentions.
  • The student will receive a zero on any graded assignments/ assessments/ projects missed due to class cut.
  • Students who cut a total of three or more times cumulatively across all classes within the current school year will be referred to the Early Intervention Team and may be issued an In-school suspension. If a third cut occurs in the same class, the student will be in danger of receiving a failing grade for the course and lose credit.


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