In accordance with New York State law, children must attend school from September of the year in which they become six through June of the year in which they attain the age of 16 years. All students are expected to be in attendance whenever school is in session.

The administration and faculty of Fayetteville-Manlius High School believe that they have an obligation to provide educational opportunities for every student. Along with the school’s commitment is an accompanying obligation for each student to accept responsibility for his/her education. To actively pursue personal learning and to contribute toward the learning of others, each student must attend class regularly and be punctual.

The high school attendance system includes important roles for students, parents, teachers, and administrators. The following guidelines have been established in conjunction with regulations set forth by the New York State Education Department.

Attendance-related infractions, including tardiness to school, class cuts, truancy, and leaving school without permission, will result in appropriate disciplinary action which may include suspension of the student’s parking privileges.

A.  Absences

On the day of an absence, a parent or guardian should call the high school Student Services Office at 692-1912 or 692-1969 between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.  Please note, between 6:00 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. a message can be left on their voicemail.  Failure to notify the school will result in the attendance personnel calling the parent during the school day at home or office. 

B.  Time Limit for bringing in Excuses for Absences

Students are expected to bring in written parental excuses for any absence(s) within three (3) school days from the date of the last absence.  The note must contain the student’s full given name, grade level, the reason for the absence, the exact date of the absences(s) and the parent’s signature.  ALL absences will be recorded as unexcused unless written documentation is provided by a parent/guardian that specifies the absence as an excused absence.  Please use the absentee form that is located here, at the link on the left menu, or at the bottom of the page.

Excused absences, as defined by the district Attendance Policy, include:


     Sickness/Death in Family;

     Required Court Appearances;

     Scheduled Appointments with Physicians, Health Clinics and/or Agencies;

     Religious Observance/Impassable Roads/Quarantine;

     Approved Work Program/Military Obligation;

     Approve Externship/Internship/Volunteer Activity;

     Counselor Endorsed College Visit; and

     Endorsed by Administrator.

C.  Lateness to School

Students arriving late to school must have a note from a parent/guardian to be considered excused.  Students without a note will be considered unexcused.  The only acceptable reasons for being late to school are illness, a scheduled health related appointment, required court appearances, or an extreme emergency.  Excessive tardies may require written verification from a physician, health care provider, dentist, social service agency, court, or college. In absence of such written official verification, student lateness may be considered unexcused. Families are encouraged to schedule any appointments outside of the school day so students do not miss instructional time.  Parents/Guardians who allow children to be excessively tardy without a verifiable explanation can be charged with educational neglect.

•      All students must be in their homerooms by 7:45 a.m. Please refer to Section D below regarding homeroom.

•      Students who arrive at school anytime during the school day after the homeroom period (7:45 – 7:50 a.m.) must sign in immediately at the Security Office in the Foyer Entrance.

•      Notes for all tardies must be turned in to the Security Office in the Foyer Entrance on the day the student is late. Please use the lateness form located here, at the link on the left menu, or at the bottom of the page. Failure to submit a note will result in the prescribed disciplinary consequence(s) as listed below:

a.  3rd unexcused tardy – warning issued, parent contacted by school personnel

b.  4th – 6th unexcused tardies – one (1) detention assigned for each tardy (i.e. one for the 4th tardy, one for the 5th tardy, and one for the 6th tardy), parent notified via mail

c.  7th -9th unexcused tardies – two (2) detentions assigned for each tardy (i.e. two for the 7th tardy, two for the 8th tardy, and two for the 9th tardy), parent notified via mail

d.  10th unexcused tardy – student referred to administrator, Saturday detention assigned, parent contacted by administrator.

e.  11 or more unexcused tardies – Saturday detention and/or in-school suspension assigned, parent contacted by administrator.  One or more of the following may also occur:

a.   Loss of driving privileges

b.   Loss of senior privileges

c.   Loss of unstructured time and/or extra-/co-curricular activities.

•      Failure to sign in immediately at the Security Office in the Foyer Entrance when arriving late to school may result in detention(s) and/or Saturday detention(s).

•      In the case of unique or extenuating circumstances, or chronic tardiness, administrators may use their discretion in determining appropriate consequences for students being late to school. 

D.  Students/Homerooms

Each student must report to his/her assigned homeroom at the beginning of the homeroom period every day for attendance purposes.  Students who arrive late to homeroom three times within a marking period will be given a warning.  On the fourth late, the student(s) will be assigned a detention by their homeroom teacher.  Each subsequent group of three lates will also warrant the assignment of additional detentions.  A student who arrives late to homeroom with a signed parental excuse should give the note to his/her homeroom teacher.

E.  Dismissals During the School Day

Dismissals will be restricted to only those reasons designated in Education Law as legal absences. A parent requesting a student’s early dismissal from school should provide his/her son or daughter with a written excuse on that day noting the time and reason for the dismissal.  Please use the early dismissal form located here, at the link on the left menu, or at the bottom of the page.  Students should bring excuses to the Student Services Office in House I prior to homeroom.  If a student forgets a note but must leave during the school day a parent/guardian must contact the school and either fax a signed note or come to the Security Office in the Foyer Entrance to sign them out.

F.  Senior Late Arrival/Early Dismissal

Seniors who are in good standing may apply for late arrival and/or early dismissal for their senior year.  Late arrival/early dismissal shall be a privilege.  As such, it may be revoked at any time by the senior class administrator for failure to remain in good standing and/or violations of school rules.

The following conditions will apply to receiving and retaining a late arrival/early dismissal:

1.  The student is a member of the senior class and in good standing.  Good standing shall mean the student:

    Is scheduled for five (5) classes plus physical education.

    Is projected to meet all graduation requirements by the end of the current school year.

•    Is not at risk academically (i.e. passing all scheduled classes).

2.  For late arrival, students must sign in at the Security Office in the Foyer Entrance ONLY immediately upon arrival and must remain in the school building until dismissal.

3.  For early dismissal, students must carry their early dismissal pass with them while at school and be able to show it to any faculty or staff member upon request.  Students with early dismissal must exit through the Foyer Entrance and present their pass to the Security Office before leaving.  Students who are granted an early dismissal may not be on school property following their dismissal time without prior approval of the senior class administrator.  Seniors participating in after-school activities/athletics may return to the school property after the general dismissal time (2:06 pm), once the school buses have departed the property.

4.  Schedules WILL NOT be adjusted to accommodate late arrival/early dismissal.

G. Truancy

Truancy is the unlawful absence or irregular attendance upon instruction by a student of compulsory education age.  All students are expected to be present and on time throughout the school year.  First and subsequent offences will result in in-school suspension, recording of the absence as truant, and a grade of zero for all class assignments missed.

H. Family Vacations

Occasionally parents remove their children from school for family vacations. This is not considered an excused absence. It is important to remember that it is not possible for a teacher to replicate class experiences a student misses. Teachers will do their best to assist students who were absent, but they must balance this task with their normal teaching responsibilities. Studies show that regular attendance leads to success in school.

I. Missed Work/Make-Ups

It is the responsibility of the student to initiate the make-up process with his/her teachers when work is missed due to absence, tardiness, field trips, or other dismissals during the school day. Students are responsible for checking-in with their teachers within 24 hours of their return to school.  Failure to do so may result in no credit being awarded for assignments or other coursework.

Updated: August 5, 2015

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