Attendance Procedures

Absences and Make Up Work

Parents should call the school if a student is to be absent from school. If no call is received, the school will call to verify the absence. In addition, on the first day a student returns to school after being absent, the student must bring a note signed by a parent or guardian to the homeroom teacher.

It is the responsibility of the student to make up all work missed. A student should check with each of his/her teachers about make up work on the day he/she returns to school. Make-up work not completed by the end of the term will be reflected in the grade a student receives.

Parents may call the office for homework assignments on the third day of student’s absence only if student will also be out the next day. Prior to the third day, students should check with fellow classmates for possible assignments.

Frequent absences affect a student’s ability to do well academically. The administration reserves the right to require a doctor’s note if the student has excessive absences.

Students are not permitted to take part in after school or evening activities if they are absent from school on that day. Students are considered absent if they are not in school by 11:00 a.m.

In unusual circumstances, a principal’s waiver may be granted.

School Cancellations and Delayed Openings

In the event of an emergency, extremely bad weather, or other cancellations announcements will be broadcast over radio stations WBZ 1030AM, WHDH 850AM, WJDA 1300AM, WRKO 680AM, WATD 95.9FM, as well as on TV channels 4, 5, 7, and local cable stations. Please DO NOT call the school or the Hingham Police for information on school cancellations. Check the school website @ www.hinghamschools.org

In addition to the cancellation of school due to inclement weather, opening of school may be delayed by one or two hours. School closing times will remain the same unless otherwise announced on such days.

Unscheduled Early Release Days

Parents should formulate a “contingency plan” with students for any days during which it is necessary to release students early.

Change of Address

You must inform the office of a change of address or telephone number, as soon as possible. If the change also necessitates a change in bus assignment, the transportation office must also be notified at 781-741-1510.

Withdrawals

Students moving or leaving Hingham Middle School for another school must present to the office a statement signed by parent or guardian stating the reason for the withdrawal.

Dismissals

If a student is to be dismissed early from school, he/she must bring a note signed by a parent to the designated area before school stating the reason and time of dismissal. The student will be given a dismissal slip to be presented to the teacher at the time of dismissal. Whoever is picking up the student must come in to the main office to meet the student.

Tardy to School Policy

  1. After a student has been tardy to school (unexcused) three times, averbal warning will be issued to the student by a school administrator.
  2. Communication will be sent to parents after the fourth unexcused tardiness to school.
  3. A student will serve a detention after the fifth unexcused tardiness to school within a semester.
  4. Additional action will be taken if the pattern of tardiness continues.
  5. Habitual tardiness, excused or unexcused, will result in disciplinary action.

Tardy Procedures/Notes

  1. Students should report to the designated area for a tardy pass after 7:30 a.m. Students tardy after 8:15 a.m. should report to the main office.
  2. Tardiness is excused only for a student who brings a note from home onthe day he/she is tardy. The note should contain student name, the date,the reason for tardiness and signature.
  3. If a student does not have a note, he/she is unexcused. Multiple unexcused tardiness by students will result in disciplinary action.
  4. Parents of students who are frequently tardy will be notified.

Tardy to Class

A student late to class must have a pass from his/her previous teacher. If the student is late to class and does not have a pass, the student will make up time after school. Chronic offenders will be reported to the office and parents will be notified.

Truancy

A student is considered truant from school if:

  1. the student is absent from school without permission of the parent/guardian
  2. the student leaves the school grounds without the permission of the school
  3. the student is absent from an assigned class or study hall without permission

Truancy will result in detention, suspension from school, or other appropriate alternatives.

Vacations

When parents are planning family vacations, these vacations should coincide with school vacation dates. By doing so, the student’s academics are not impacted.  Teachers should not be expected to provide specific assignments in advance of a vacation or long term absence: however, they may be able to provide a general sense of what topics/areas the class will cover.