Attendance Information for NWS Families

Your child’s attendance is tracked on a daily basis by North Windham School and by Central Office staff. There are procedures that we are expected to follow if your child has had absences that are not excused. We know that children get sick and sometimes there are appointments and other transportation issues, however after 9 absences in a school year, absences require a doctor’s note.

First and foremost, all these steps are in place to ensure that your child is safe at school and that they are receiving the education they deserve for a successful future.

Attendance Steps

  1. Office staff will contact parent/guardian if student is absent that day and parent has not notified the school.

  2. A letter will be sent home for children who have been absent 3 times.

  3. Office staff will contact parents during the week for student with multiple absences to offer supports and review attendance policy.

  4. A Home Visit from the Social Worker and Family Liaison will occur at 8 absences depending on the individual situation and communication from parent/guardian. 

  5. A PPT will be conducted at 10 days of unexcused absences.

  6. A referral to the Department of Children and Families will be made if there are more than 10 unexcused absences or there is a pattern of multiple absences that affects the students’ ability to make progress in the educational setting.

If you have any questions about attendance or you would like to notify the school of your child's absence, please call 860-465-2400 or email:

NWS Administrative Assistant
Linda Handfield
lhandfield@windham.k12.ct.us