Acknowledged Absences (Not Counted Toward Truancy)
Unexcused Absences (Counted Toward Truancy)
Not counted as absent
School Absence Hotlines
Clarendon 201-974-2010, Option 1
Huber Street 201-974-2053, Option 3, then Option 1
Millridge School 201-974-2053, Option 1, then Option 1
Middle School 201-974-2025, Option 3, then Option 1
High School 201-974-2033, Option 1, , then Option 1
*Except for absences that require prior approval (See definitions above).
After the Call
If the student is not reported absent by the parent, the school will call home via our automatic calling service. If you answer, then the absence is acknowledged in our system. If you do not answer, the student is listed as truant and Residency and Truancy Officer (RTO) will be dispatched to your home to ensure the child’s safety and to determine the cause of the absence. The RTO will introduce himself and show official SPSD identification.
Extended Trips When School Is in Session
Every day a student is absent from school represents lost educational opportunities. The SPSD strongly discourages students going on extended trips while school is in session. We understand that there are extenuating circumstances that might warrant travel during the school year. If this does arise, parents must notify their school’s principal of their intention to travel in writing before booking any extended travel plans when school is in session. Unless they coincide with approved religious observances, absences accrued during trips while school is in session regardless of duration or nature will be considered absences. Students will be responsible for and will be given reasonable accommodations to make up work missed during the trip. Furthermore, if the student travel causes the student to meet or exceed an absence threshold, the student and parents will be held accountable for consequential action (see Discipline Schedule below)
N.J.A.C. 6A:16-7.6 outlines consequential action related to absences.
With Each Absence School will contact home to acknowledge absence
Student denied participation to all extra- or co-curricular activities (except for religious observances)
Up to 4 Absences Monitoring by school office staff.
Identify patterns of absences; if pattern exists, consult with parent to formulate absence reduction plan
At the 5th Absence Letter to parent
Parent meeting with school staff (principal or designee),
Re-evaluate absence reduction plan; consider any or all of the following:
Referral to I&RS committee
Consider alternate placement
Referral with community resources
Proceed with missing/abducted child procedures, when deemed necessary
Cooperate with law enforcement when necessary
At the 10th Absence Same as above
Refer case to municipal court, when deemed necessary
Secondary students will be considered for loss of credit for semester courses
At the 15th Absences Same as above
At the 18th Absence (10% Rule) Same as above,
State threshold for elementary and secondary student to be retained in grade or lose course credit