General Attendance Policy
Our Religious and Hebrew Schools offer opportunities for worthwhile and valuable learning. Regular attendance is required in order for students to fully benefit from these Jewish educational experiences.
We know that occasional absences, due to illness or unforeseen difficulties, will occur. In order to ensure the integrity of our school, the following attendance policy has been adopted by the School Board, and accepted by the rabbis, the executive and the Board of Directors.
Religious School Attendance Policy
- Students may miss six classes with no out-of-class assignments required.
- Upon the seventh absence, students will have to make up the class by going to private tutoring sessions at $45/hour paid to the tutor (one hour in duration). The classroom teacher would be first on the list, with an approved list for backup available from the School Office. The make-up session needs to occur within two weeks of the absence.
- The maximum number of classes a student can miss and still pass his/her year is 10.
- Students who have not made up all the missed classes by the end of May will not be promoted to the next grade.
- Parents will be notified before their child reaches the allowable number of absences.
- In terms of the Tuesday program, students will continue to receive assignments if they miss 7, 8, 9 and 10 classes as required for curriculum consistency.
Hebrew School Attendance and Proficiency Policy
In order to ensure students’ comfort and proficiency in their Hebrew language studies, students will be tested regularly and be required to achieve 60% in oral and written work. The school will provide a range of options to assist students who are having difficulties. These will include special reading classes for those identified with learning needs, individual assistance with a Hebrew language lab teacher and on-site tutorials for students who demonstrate a need for remediation at no additional cost to parents. In addition, parents may hire Temple approved tutors at their own expense. Throughout the year, parents will be informed of their child’s progress. If the child’s teacher and extra help through our language lab are not sufficient to keep the child from falling behind, the Hebrew supervisor will request the family hire the child’s classroom teacher in order to help the student catch up with their studies. This may be proposed at any time throughout the year.
Weekly attendance at the Sunday Hebrew Service for Grades Bet to Dalet (including home tutored students) from 9.00 a.m. to 9.30 a.m. is mandatory, attendance will monitored.
- Testing will be done by senior staff in Spring 2009. An 80% prayer book reading proficiency will be required to be excused from Kita Hey (Grade 7).
- If a student requires more Hebrew enrichment, they will be required to attend on Wednesdays for the Fall Semester.
To maintain siddur proficiency, a service will be conducted as scheduled on Tuesday before Religious school. This service will be held at 6.30 p.m. Students who have passed Kita Dalet proficiency and day school students are required to attend these services.
Bar/Bar Mitzvah Attendance Policy – Day School Families Please Take Notice
Students who attend Hebrew day school are required to attend Grade 7 Religious School. Students whose bar/bat mitzvah falls after September 1 of Grade 8 are encouraged to register for Grade 8 Religious School. Attendance at Bar/Bat Mitzvah Institute is required.