At North Stonington Christian Academy, regular attendance of all students is expected. Regularity and punctuality are important in the student's character development. As an educational institution, NSCA exercises certain procedures in order to standardize and insure quality education for all students.
Excessive absences or tardiness, whether excused or unexcused, have a negative effect on a child's school learning accomplishment. Total absences for a school year should not exceed 32 days. Absences in excess of this number may require the repeating of a grade.
An absence which has been arranged with the child's teacher(s) prior to the absence will be considered excused. A parent must inform the teacher of their child's intent to be absent (date, length of time, reason). This information should come to the teacher at least two days before the absence is to take place. Parents can either call or write the information. Upon the student's return to school, a note should also be included explaining the absence. Parents should call the office to arrange with the teacher(s) how missed work is to be made up. Absences due to the following circumstances are also excused:
a) Personal illness with or without a doctor's excuse, but only with a written excuse from home
b) Death in the immediate family
c) Doctor/Dental appointments (please make an effort to schedule these appointments, if at all possible, during times other than school hours).
An absence will be considered unexcused if it is for a reason other than those accepted and prior provision for such has not been made. Students are required to make up all work that is missed due to an unexcused absence. Repeated unexcused absence is considered truancy, and will be addressed as such.
Classes begin promptly at 8:30 AM. Tardiness affects the entire class and should be kept to a minimum. The Academy realizes that there are occasional accidents, emergencies and inclement weather that make travel to school slower. Notes indicating that these were the cause of the tardiness will result in its being excused. If a student arrives at school after 8:30 AM, he or she should report directly to the main office for a late pass that should then be presented to the classroom teacher.