Attendance Policy

Charles A. Mulligan Elementary School

Charles Mulligan Elementary School

Attendance Policy

Absences, Tardiness, and Early Departures (ATEDs)

 Tardiness/ Early Departure

  1. Parents must sign students in/out or provide student s with a note explaining tardiness or early departure.
  2. Student’s reasons for Tardiness/Early Departure will be assessed (excused, unexcused as per definitions).
  3. 3 or more unexcused Tardiness/Early Departures parents will be notified by the Social Worker.

School must be contacted on the first day of absence at (631) 348-5041

  1. Students must provide a note of absence to the Main Office upon returning to school.
  2. All notes must include the date and reason(s) for absence.
  3. Three or more consecutive absences require a doctor’s note.  Please note, request for homework will be honored for three or more consecutive absences only.  Requests can be made by calling 631-348-5041

 NOTE: Students with chronic attendance and tardiness problems will be reported to the social worker, the district attendance office, and the appropriate social/legal agency.


  • Sanctioned School activities/field trips
  • Medical excuses
  • Legal/Attorney/Family Court/Incarceration/Attorney or court officer.
  • Death/Funeral
  • Religious observances
  • impassable roads or weather
  • quarantine
  • approved college visits
  • military obligations

 To qualify for "EXCUSED absent" status, students must furnish appropriate written documentation upon their return to school.


Absences not mentioned above are interpreted under the law as "unexcused absences" including but not limited to vacation, shopping, babysitting, over-sleeping, needed at home, cold weather or missing the bus.  Any reason not listed as excused shall be deemed unexcused unless the Building Principal determines otherwise.

 Excused ATEDs are defined as absences, tardiness, and early departures from class or school due to personal illness, illness or death in the family, impassable roads or weather, religious observance, quarantine, required court appearances, attendance at health clinics, approved college visits, approved cooperative work programs, military obligations, or such other reasons as may be approved.

All other are considered unexcused absences.  All ATEDs must be accounted for.  It is the parent’s responsibility to notify the school office within at least 24 hours of the ATED and to provide a written excuse upon the student’s return to school.


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