Report an Absence

Attendance
Parents/guardians and students are reminded that Massachusetts law requires compulsory attendance for students. As a result, we discourage family vacations when school is in session. In addition to compromising the attendance requirements, vacations when school is open interrupt the educational process for children in ways that make-up work cannot reverse. Teachers are not required to provide assignments prior to a family trip when school is in session. View the CPS Student Attendance Policy.

Absences
To report an absence, you have two options:

Option 1: Call the main number 617.349.6555 x7, and leave a message with the date, your child's name, child's teacher, and information regarding absence or shift in timing of logging on.

Option 2: Let your child's teacher know the day before that your child will be absent or tardy. You can reach them via email, please cc the assistant teacher in the classroom as well. If you don't have their email you can email Lissa for help. If teachers don't get this email the day before, please just call the absent line and report it that way, as teachers need amply time to reply to email and once teaching has started for the day, they cannot read email. (Teachers ideally need 48 hours to respond to email.)

Arrival
In an effort to have your students start the day with success and consistency, we are asking that parents who drop-off their children do so by 7:55AM. The school day begins at 7:55AM; if you come in after that, please sign-in in the office. In every classroom, students are met with some form of “Morning Work.” This includes learning and routines for students.

*Classroom teachers need to start the day with Morning Meeting by 8:00AM. 

In the interest of creating equitable school processes and student independence, we’re asking that all students in grades 2 through 5 enter the classroom without their parent/guardian - Thank you!

It’s helpful if you allow your children to be independent in their routines in the morning. Ask them what the routines and expectations are, and have them show you how they are done. Your praise and support of their independence will reinforce it and support a smooth start to the school day.

Tardiness
Please make every effort to help your child arrive to school on time. Students arriving after 7:55AM are marked tardy. PLEASE sign-in at the front office if your child is late and we’ll make sure they get to their classroom so that classroom instruction isn’t interrupted.
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