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Attendance Policy
Regular attendance – coming to school on time, every day – is essential to successful scholarship. The school day starts at 8:40AM. Students should arrive at 8:40AM to allow time to put away their belongs and go to the their classrooms. Instruction begins at 8:55AM. Students must be in their classrooms before the 8:55AM bell rings. If a student is late or absent, notify the Main Office at 617.349.6525 x100. You may also notify the student’s classroom teacher. View the CPS Student Attendance Policy.

Reporting an Absence Due to Illness or Family Emergency 
If a student misses school unexpectedly due to illness or a family emergency,  a parent or guardian must call or write the Main Office (617.349.6525 x100) to explain the reason for the absence. Students who are sick for more than three days should bring a doctor’s note explaining the absence.

Reporting Other Absences
In the case of a planned absence, a parent or guardian must call the Main Office to give notice at 617.349.6525 x100. The student is responsible for getting homework assignments. In the case of an extended absence, a parent or guardian must contact the principal and teacher(s) to arrange for the student to meet academic requirements. According to regulations of the Cambridge Public School system, a student who is absent from school for more than 10 days without explanation may be unenrolled.

School begins at 8:40AM. Classroom instruction begins at 8:55AM. Students arriving after 8:55AM are late for school. Students who arrive late should check in at the Main Office to be sure their arrival is recorded in the attendance records. (Please note: If a bus arrives late, students will not be marked tardy.) A student who is chronically late will be referred to the Office of the Cambridge School Department Court Liaison.

Leaving School During the Day
If a student needs to leave school during school hours (for example, to go to a dentist appointment), a parent or guardian must notify the office by phone or in writing. An adult must come and pick up the student. The school cannot allow students to leave the building on their own during the school day, no matter the age of the student.


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