Beginning in school year 2016-17, schools should follow the Office of the State Superintendent of Education’s (OSSE) new attendance regulations below:
- Absences should be deemed unexcused unless the minor’s parent/ guardian provides the school with a valid excuse within 5 school days upon the minor’s return to school.
- No minor should be expelled or receive an out-of-school suspension due to an unexcused absence or tardiness.
- No minor, other than those enrolled in an adult education program, should be unenrolled from the Local School Agency (LEA) due to an unexcused absence or tardiness unless the minor has accumulated 20 or more full school day consecutive unexcused absences.
- Schools should refer a minor student 5 years of age through 13 years of age to CFSA, no later than 2 business days after the accrual of 10 unexcused full day absences within a school year.
- Schools should refer a minor student 14 years of age through 17 years of age to the Court Social Services Division of the Superior Court and the Office of the Attorney General no later than 2 business days after the accrual of 15 unexcused full day absences within a school year.
- Schools have discretion with regard to the referral requirements if a minor student accrues the 10th or 15th unexcused absence, respectively, within the final 10 school days of a school year.