Attendance and Promptness



School Hours (5 day program for all grades):

 3&4 Year Program – Half day – 9:00-11:30

Pre-Kindergarten – Full day – 9:00 – 2:30

Grades K to 3-8:45 AM to 3:00 PM

Grades 4 to 5- 8:40 AM to 3:00 PM

Grades 6 to 8- 8:40 AM to 3:05 PM



 Parents will see that students arrive in school on time, attired in full school uniform.   All students will enter through door ”C” by the Library entrance on Pershing Blvd. Grades K through 4 will assemble in the cafeteria; Grades 5-8 in the Msgr. Lawlor Hall.  If the door is closed students must be brought in through the main entrance and report to the office for a late pass.  Any child arriving before 8:10(other than those coming to extra help or a club)will automatically be considered part of the Before School Program, must go to the cafeteria and will be charged accordingly.


Late passes are issued to students who arrive after 8:40 for Grades 5-8 and 8:40 for Grades K-4 at 8:45.

If a student in Grades 5-8 has 3 unexcused latenesses in any month he/she will be given a demerit for each lateness after that.  Students in Grades K-4 will receive a lunch detention.


 Students are not permitted to leave the school premises once they arrive. In any unavoidable situation when a child must leave school during the day, a note must be sent in advance by the parent/guardian to that effect. Children leaving under such circumstances must be picked up and signed out from the Main Office.


Whenever possible medical and dental appointments should not be made to conflict with the school day.



Students who take the bus are dismissed by teachers to the bus yard.  Students who do not take the bus are escorted by teachers and are dismissed from the gym doors.  Teachers must be informed by parents or guardians in writing if there is a change in how your child will be dismissed.


If there is an unexpected change in dismissal the office needs to be notified by 2:30 pm.


Parents/guardians should not request the office to deliver personal messages to students during the school day. Please make transportation arrangements prior to the beginning of the school day. You must notify your child’s teacher of any change in how your child is to be dismissed.


All students who are not picked up on time will be sent to our After School Program and will be charged accordingly. 




 St. Christopher School establishes a Comprehensive Attendance Policy to ensure the maintenance of an adequate record verifying the attendance of all children at instruction in accordance with Education Law Section 3205. The policy is designed to ensure sufficient pupil attendance at all scheduled periods of actual instruction or supervised study activities to permit such pupils to succeed.


Parents/guardians are required to telephone the school if the child is to be absent for even one day. Please call the school nurse at 223-4404 ext. 213 by 9:00 AM.  If your child does not arrive at school and we have not heard from you, you will be called.  Your message confirms to us that your child is safe.


A written note of explanation is required by New York State Law and must be sent by the parent/guardian to the school on the day your child returns to class. If a child is absent for three or more consecutive days, a physician’s note is required.  This is in addition to the phone call made to nurse on the day of absence.


Students are responsible for all schoolwork missed due to an absence.  Parents or guardians may request school work if the absence extends more than one day.  Contact the school nurse before 10:00 and the material will be ready for pick up at 3:00.  In addition some assignments can be accessed on class pages on the school website.


When students are absent from school, they are ineligible to attend or participate in extracurricular activities or official school functions on that day.




 If a family takes a vacation during school time it is considered an unexcused absence.  School work will not be prepared in advance. Children are expected to make up missed work when they return.



When it is absolutely necessary for the student to take a prescribed or over-the counter medication during school hours, the nurse will cooperate with the family physician and the parents/guardians.  The parent/guardian must submit Doctor’s orders to the school nurse accompanied by the medication in the original prescription bottle.  A form is available to be filled out by the prescribing physician.  If your child’s medication is in liquid form please request a second prescription to be left with the nurse at school.  The prescription medicine must be delivered to the school nurse who will supervise the taking of medication.  No over-the counter medications will be given without a medical doctor’s note.  Call the nurse with any questions.


No telephone request for medication from a parent/guardian or doctor can be accepted.

Children who are ill may not be sent home in a taxi unless accompanied by an authorized adult.