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Attendance

Attendance is an important factor in school success for students. The educational program offered by the East Greenbush Central School District is predicated upon student presence and requires continuity of instruction and active classroom participation. Improved school attendance generally increases student achievement and reduces dropout rates. School attendance is a right, obligation and responsibility in New York State.

Absence Reporting

24-hour Absence Report Phone Number: (518) 207-2002

Only parents or legal guardians, as indicated on the Student Verification Form, may verify absences or have students released from school. We ask you, the parent or guardian, to call the school on the morning of the day your son or daughter will be absent, regardless of the reason. The telephone number is 518-207-2002.  Please place this number in a strategic location. This is a 24-hour number.

Parent/Guardian Call-In Absence Voice Mail (24 hour availability)

Early calls are appreciated.  Written absence note still must be sent in.

Please report the following:

  1. Your name
  2. Your relationship to the student
  3. Student’s full name
  4. Reason for the absence
  5. Possible length of the absence

Absence Notes

We must have an absence note in writing.  Please include the following:

  1. Student’s full name and grade
  2. Reason for the absence (click on flyer brochure below for legally allowed absence reasons)
  3. Date/time of absence or tardy
  4. Possible length of the absence, if more than one day
  5. Your name
  6. Your relationship to the student

If you wish, you may send an email informing the Attendance Secretary of your child’s absence (chessely@egcsd.org).  As long as the email contains all of the information above and comes from a valid parent/guardian email, it may be accepted as a legal parent-written absence note.  If your child’s name is different from yours, please write the student’s full name.

Per EG District Policy, an absence note must be submitted no later than five (5) days after they were absent.  Please note as well, that we can only accept 10 parent-written notes for the school year.  Legal or medical documentation must be provided after the 10 day limit has been reached.

Following an absence due to an injury or serious illness, the parent/guardian must provide the Health or Attendance Offices with written documentation of physician office visits.

Please be aware that it may take up to a week for any absence note credit to appear on PowerSchool.  Parents may view their child’s record on PowerSchool after applying for an ID number through the Guidance Department.  There is also an APP you can download to follow attendances throughout the school day (click below).

Knowing that good attendance is essential for school success, we appreciate your cooperation and support in implementing this system.