This letter is to inform you that your child
has been absent from School days.
The Hartford Board of Education’s Attendance Policy states “a student who has 4 unexcused
absences in one month or 10 unexcused absences in one year is considered a truant”. Although
they may achieve passing grades, students who have been absent 15 days or more may be denied
academic credit for the school year, and may have to repeat their current grade. If your child
accumulates 20 unexcused absences during the year, a Family with Service Needs (FWSN) or
Youth in Crisis (YIC) referral will be sent to the Juvenile Court and/or an Educational Neglect
referral may be made to the State Department of Children and Families (DCF).
As defined by Connecticut General Statue, Section 10-184, “each parent or other person having
control of a child five years of age and over and under eighteen years of age shall cause such
child to attend a public school regularly.”
The following, with appropriate documentation, are acceptable reasons for absence:
Student illness/Medical or dental appointments
Funeral or death in the family
College interviews or visits
Please contact the Attendance Case Manager or Family Resource Aide at your child’s school to
discuss this situation.
Attendance Office · 960 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103 · 860-695-8000 · www.hartfordschools.org