Hilton Central School District Attendance Policy

Attendance Policy - According to New York State Law, children must attend school between the ages of six and 16 years old. Absence from school for the following reasons are considered excusable: illness, death or illness in the family, medical appointments, impassable road, religious observances, quarantine, approved college visit, take-your-child-to-work-day, military obligations, required presence in court, remedial health treatment, approved cooperative work programs or other reason approved by the Board of Education. Absences, tardiness or early departure are considered unexcused if they do not fall in one of the above categories including family vacation, hunting, babysitting, hair cut, obtaining learner's permit, road test, oversleeping. Please inform the school by 9 am that morning if your child will be absent, and send a written excuse with your child when he or she returns to school stating the date and reason for the absence. After three days without an excuse, the student is declared illegally absent. If a student needs to be excused from school early, please write an excuse. In grades K-6, the student should present the excuse to the classroom teacher, and in grades 7-8, to the school nurse.  

NEW  Automated Attendance - in effect Jan. 3, 2012  -- Phone numbers are pulled from Infinite Campus.  - read more -

HCSD Attendance Policy 7110  School attendance is both a right and a responsibility. The School District is an active partner with students and parents in the task of ensuring that all students meet or exceed the New York State Learning Standards. Because the School District recognizes that consistent school attendance, academic success and school completion have a positive correlation, the School District will develop, review and, if necessary, revise a Comprehensive Student Attendance Policy.

Attendance Offices: A Written Note is required for all absences when the student returns.  A legal absence is defined as: sick, doctor/dentist appointment, court, funeral, college visit.

Early Dismissal at High School -  Hilton High School is permitting ONLY seniors [12th grade] to have a reduced schedule.  If a student wishes to leave the building before 2:15 p.m. for ANY reason [work experience, co-op, etc.], the student must fill out an application for an "Early Dismissal Pass."  Applications [require parent approval, school counselor approval] are available in the Counseling Office.  It is the intention that all the applications will be processed by the second week of school, so that the early dismissal status is indicated on the student's class schedule as well as the early dismissal card which must be presented to security to leave the building early.  For further information: 585-392-1000 ext. 2243.  

Tardies: All students arriving after 7:25 am need to sign in.  Students arriving after 7:25 am are tardy [late] to school.  Students are not penalized for excused tardies if they have a note signed by a parent [sick, appointment]. Unexcused tardies result in detention.  Please notify the Attendance Office of extended absences such as vacations, surgery, etc. An unverified absence is illegal.  For further information about High School Attendance: 585-392-1000 ext. 2246.