Getting to school or class and being on time is an integral part of Capital Prep’s standard of excellence which prepares students for success.

In our school, instructional time is viewed as a precious resources and chronic tardiness or absences impede the learning process. School beings at 7:30 a.m. and students should be inside their classrooms at that time. Your support is needed to ensure students make maximum use of class time and learn to be punctual.



If a student is not in class by 7:30 a.m., they will be considered tardy. According to Board Policy, all students are expected to report to school on time and be in their assigned classroom seats or areas at designated times. Failure to do so constitutes tardiness. Under Capital Prep’s Policy, when a student is tardy, they will receive a tardy notice form which must be signed and returned the following day. If a student is tardy two times in a week or four times in a month, they will receive after school detention. Failure to attend the detention will result in in-school suspension the following day.

The following are acceptable reasons for tardiness to school:

  1. Court appearance
  2. Funeral
  3. Family Emergency



Students are considered absent if not in attendance for at least 1/2 of the school day. The Hartford Board of Educations’ Attendance Policy #5114 states, ” a student who has 4 unexcused absence in one month or 10 unexcused absences in one year is considered truant.”  Although they may achieve passing grades, students who have been absent 15 days or more may be denied acadmic credit for the school year, and may have to repeat their current grade. If your child accumulates 20 unexcused absences during the year, a Family wirg Service Needs (FWSN) referral will be sent to Juvenile Court and/or an Educational Neglect referral may be made to State Department of Children and Families (DCF).

Connecticut law, as defined by Connecticut General Statute, Section 10-184, states: “each parent or other person having control of a child five years of age and over and under eighteen years of age shall cause such a child to attend a public school regularly.”

The following, with appropriate documentation, are acceptable reasons for absence:

  1. Student illness
  2. Student’s observance of a religious holiday
  3. Death in the student’s family or other emergency beyond the control of the student’s family
  4. Mandated court appearances
  5. Lack of transportation that is normally provided by a district other then the one the student attends
  6. Extraordinary educational opportunities pre-approved by district administrators and in accordance with Connecticut Stte Department of Education guidance.

Please contact the main office, ms. Karen Lawson (School Social Worker, grade PreK-5), or Ms. Wenzola Perry, School Social Worker grades 6-12) to discuss this situation.

Thank you for your support and cooperation in getting your student to school and class on time.