Being available for learning is the first step to success in school and in life. Last summer the New Hampshire State Legislature passed a tough new law on school attendance. Under NH RSA 189:35-ten half-days of unexcused absences during a school year constitute “habitual truancy.” On September 22, the Pittsfield School Board adopted a comprehensive policy on attendance, absenteeism, and truancy.
The Pittsfield policy specifies excused absences for the following reasons: illness, recovery from an accident, required court attendance, medical and dental appointments, death in the immediate family, observations or celebration of a bona fide religious holiday, or “such other good cause as may be acceptable to the Principal or permitted by law.”
In order for an absence to be excused we are asking that, in addition to calling in, parents provide a written reason for any absence from school. Under the law, the Principal may investigate excessive absences for illness and ask that a doctor’s note be provided. A copy of the Pittsfield policy is available from the link below.