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Attendance is vital to enhancing one’s knowledge. Frequent absences result in lost classroom interchange, a valuable component of the learning process.

A parent/guardian must call, email or send a note to the Registrar to report an absence. Failure to report the absence within 72 hours will result in the absence being recorded as unexcused. Students must serve an afterschool detention for unexcused absences. An afterschool detention will take priority over extracurricular obligations.
Long Trail School supports Vermont law for compulsory attendance by students between the ages of 6 and 16 years (16 V.S.A. §1121).


Students who are late to school must report immediately to the Registrar. The first tardy will result in a warning, the second in an after school detention. The third tardy will result in a meeting with the student, parents, and the Dean of Academics. It is expected that students will not miss or be late to academic obligations, especially classes. Faculty are required to report immediately a student who is late to class to the Dean of Academics. 


  • Illnesses: Parents must contact the Registrar by 7:30 am. Students who become ill during the day must report immediately to the Director of Student Life who will assist the student with arrangements to go home. (For safety reasons, students must check out with the Registrar upon departure.)
  • Planned absences: The school must be alerted, in advance, if a student plans to miss a class, athletic commitment or special program. Planned absences are considered as reported absences for which the student and parent have made arrangements with the School prior to missing a scheduled obligation. A Planned Absence Form (available on the website or in the Registrar’s office) must be completed by the end of the academic day two days prior to their planned absence. This form includes the signatures (in order) of parents, teachers, Dean of Academics and Director of Student Life. Failure to complete the form, in a timely manner, will result in absences being considered as unreported/unexcused.
    Planned absences include:
    Major religious holiday observations
    Family events (the wedding of an immediate family member, graduations, funerals, serious illness at home)
    Sports/Arts commitments outside of the Long Trail School program for which the student is receiving diploma activities credit
    College/school visits
  • Excused absences are those in which the Registrar receives a phone call, note, or email from the parent explaining the absence.
  • Unexcused absences are those in which the Registrar has not received follow up or written notification. Each unexcused absence will result in the student serving one after school detention. After school program participation, including athletics and the Arts, may be affected by this requirement.
  • When students arrive late or leave early:
    • A student arriving late must report to the Registrar with a note from his/her parent explaining the lateness. A student’s driving privileges may be revoked for one week following three late arrivals.
    • A student who must leave early for an appointment must notify the Registrar no later than 8:30 am and return to the Registrar to sign out when he/she leaves.

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