Attendance Policy


Maine State Law requires regular attendance at school. Our school day is from 8:45 a.m. to 3:05 p.m.

If your child will be absent or late, please call the school so that we know your child is safe.  If we know that your child is home, the teacher will be able to put aside work for your child.

Here is the state/district’s attendance procedure:

ABSENT: absent for 3 or more hours of school day

ABSENT HALF-DAY:  absent from 60 minutes up to 3 hours

TARDY:  tardy by up to 60 minutes

DISMISSED:  dismissed less than 60 minutes

In accordance with the Waterford Memorial School and SAD#17 attendance policies, parents of all elementary school children are asked to call or send a note to the office if your child will be absent or late for school.  If your child will be out for an extended length of time, please call the school and inform the office and the teacher of the reason for absence.  When your child arrives late or plans to leave school early, please send a note to that effect.  If someone other than a parent is picking up a child or transportation arrangements change the child needs to have a note.  

*According to Maine Law, truancy is defined as a student who “is at least 7 years of age and has not completed grade 6 and has the equivalent of 7 full days of unexcused absences or 5 consecutive school days of unexcused absences during a school year”.

In Maine, children who are at least 7 years old and/or under the age of 17 must be enrolled in a school program.

Absences excused by Maine law are:

A. Personal illness.

B. Appointment with a health professional who is not available outside the school day.

C. Observance of a recognized religious holiday.

D. Family emergency.

E. A planned absence for personal or educational purpose, which has prior approval. Please address a letter to the principal if you are planning a special trip.  Contact your child’s teacher, prior to or after the trip,  to arrange for work missed.

F. Per district regulation JH-R1, “The principal shall provide notification of accumulating excessive absences to the parent after the ninth day of absence and recommend that the parent participate in a conference with school personnel to develop a plan to improve school attendance.”

Maine law states that the above situations are to be verified by the principal.

All other absences are considered Unexcused.

We ask your cooperation in helping your child attend school regularly.  Children should stay home when sick, but school attendance should take priority over most other events.  Please avoid making appointments that conflict with school.  If you frequently make plans that conflict with school, your child may come to think that school is not important.  Your support of school is one of the greatest factors in your child’s school success.

Every student returning to school following an absence must bring a note from a parent, guardian or doctor.