Attendance Policies

Regular attendance and punctuality are required of all students at St Joseph High School. All students and parents/guardians are expected to abide by the following policies:

  • Reporting an Absence
    • On each day of absence, a parent or guardian must call or email the school to report the absence between 7:45AM and 9:00AM. Parents should call the school number (203) 378-9378 ext. 454 or send an email to attendance@sjcadets.org. Students may not report their own absences.
    • An absent student will not be allowed in the school or be permitted to attend school activities until the student has been formally readmitted to school on the next day that school is in session. Any exceptions will be resolved by the Administration.
    • In case of prolonged illness or injury, a physician’s note will be necessary for readmission. Chronic illnesses should be proactively managed so that all student absences fall within acceptable limits.
    • Absence does not excuse a student from any assignments, tests, or quizzes. It is the students’ responsibility to arrange make up or missed work with the teacher.
    • St Joseph High School’s support of homebound status will not continue indefinitely and is subject to review.
    • Students should not take vacation at times other than the scheduled school vacation. Written notification must be submitted in advance to the Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction. Teachers are under no obligation to provide individual tutoring or provide work in advance. The student is responsible for all material missed.
    • Disciplinary action will be taken for excessive absences. The nature of the disciplinary action is up to the discretion of the Dean of Students.
  • Tardiness
    • A student who is late to school, which means the student is NOT in his or her first period classroom, must report to the Attendance Secretary in the Main Office to obtain a late slip immediately upon entering school.
    • If a student is meeting with a teacher or Counselor before school and the meeting runs into first period, the student must obtain a pass from their teacher or counselor. The student must then report to the Main Office and present the pass to the Attendance Secretary so that attendance can be adjusted.
    • The student is responsible for all work missed due to lateness.
    • Disciplinary action will be taken for excessive tardies. The nature of the disciplinary action is up to the discretion of the Dean of Students.
    • 4 tardies = one absence
  • Early Dismissal
    • ​​​​​​​Early dismissals should be avoided and only requested due to serious complications.
    • For the safety of all students, all requests for early dismissal must be in writing with a parental signature. Students must present a note to the Main Office before 9:00AM stating the reason for dismissal. In case of an emergency or unexpected circumstance that requires an early dismissal, a fax (203-378-7306) with parental signature may be accepted. Phone calls and emails requesting early dismissal will not be accepted.
    • If approved, a special pass will be issued to the student.
    • Such approvals will be granted by the Attendance Officer at the discretion of the Principal, Assistant Principal, or the Dean of Students. Students may not independently request early dismissals.
    • Any student who leaves campus without following the proper procedure for early dismissal may be subject to suspension.
    • Work missed due to early dismissal is the full responsibility of the student.