Absence and Tardy Information

School Hours
Students are admitted to the building at 8:10 a.m. Adult supervision begins at 8:05 a.m. Children arriving to prior to 8:00 is prohibited unless a child is registered for *Early Bird, is attending a before school extra help session or extracurricular program. School specific information regarding morning entrance routines will be communicated by each individual elementary school. When the weather is inclement, students will not be allowed into the building prior to 8:05 a.m. During extreme weather conditions, other drop-off arrangements may be allowed. This would be communicated district. Parents are encouraged to remain on school property while students enter the building. However, due to security purposes, parents may not escort their child to his/her classroom.

The school day ends at 2:22 p.m. Children/adults are not permitted to return to classrooms for forgotten items without permission from the Main Office. Parents are required to pick up students promptly at the end of the day. School specific dismissal routines will be communicated by each individual elementary school.

There may be times (extra-curricular activities, extra help session or disciplinary action) when having a student remain after school will be necessary or benefit him/her. Teachers will make arrangements ahead of time with parents to enable the child to remain after dismissal. In the case of disciplinary action, parents will be notified by the teacher or principal that the child will remain after school from 2:22-2:50 p.m. on that day. Transportation or pick up arrangements are the responsibility of the parent.

Early Release Days (indicated by blue on calendar) are on the following:

10/7, 11/18, 12/9, 1/13, 2/3, 3/9, 4/13, and 5/11. Dismissal is at 12:22 p.m. and lunch will be served. Parents may register students to attend a tuition based Education Stations Enrichment Program from 12:22 – 2:22 p.m. on the above mentioned early release days. Information regarding this program and registration form is available on the district website please see the following link: http://melroseschools.com/families/education-stations/.

Half Days (indicated by purple on district calendar) are: 11/25, 12/23, 2/12, and the last day of school. Dismissal is at 12:00 p.m. and lunch will not be served on 11/25 and last day of school.

*Before school care (“Early Bird”) varies by elementary school. Please email your elementary school Administrative Assistant for specific details.

Tuition based, “Education Stations”, (after school care) is available until 6:00 p.m. at all elementary schools. Please follow the following link for more information: http://melroseschools.com/families/education- stations/.

Attendance Requirements
Massachusetts law requires compulsory attendance for all students.

Chapter 75, section 1 of Mass General Laws states that all children between the ages of six and 16 must attend school.

Melrose Public Schools require a high level of participation and engagement. Regular class attendance enables students to benefit from classroom discussions and interactive activities. These shared academic and social experiences are integral to the learning process and cannot be recreated or duplicated.

Absence and Tardy Information
Students are expected to attend school every day, unless prevented by personal illness or family emergency. A phone call to the school’s absence line is required before 8:00 a.m. on the day of the absence. At the discretion of the principal/school nurse a doctor’s note maybe required for re-entry to school regarding the nature of the illness. A reason for the absence should be stated when calling the school absence line. Children who are absent from school due to chronic or reoccurring illness or accident (14 + days) are eligible for home tutoring. Please contact your principal for more information.

School starts promptly at 8:15 a. m. students must be in class by that time. Students arriving after 8:15 must report to the Main Office. Parents will be contacted by the principal after the student reaches his/her sixth tardy in one trimester. Habitual tardiness may result in: loss of recess to make up missed work, after-school detention, or suspension. However, in extreme circumstances or instances it may require the school to solicit assistance from the COURT or DEPARTMENT of CHILDREN and FAMILY SERVICES.

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