Student Attendance

Student Attendance


We know that in order for students to learn and achieve their fullest potential, it is critical that they are present in school and engaged in the learning process. Research shows that student absences impact a child’s ability to succeed in school and there is evidence that chronic absenteeism from school is a primary cause of low academic achievement and a powerful predictor of a student’s risk of dropping out of school.


For more information on Attendance, Truancy and Chronic Absenteeism please visit the New Jersey Department of Education Webpage



Permitted Religious Holidays


Q: What absences are excused?


A: Absences are excused for religious observances. If a religious holiday extends over a period of days, only one day of absence may be excused for that particular holiday. The school register only recognizes attendance of enrolled students as being present, absent, or excused for religious observance.





The Jersey City Public Schools Attendance program is designed for consistent communication with parents about the absence of their children, our students. Every school has staff responsible for researching the reasons for student absence. Parents are responsible for providing the appropriate approved