Arrival and Attendance

Arrival and Attendance

We open our doors for our students at 7:40am.
Students in Grades K - 3 enter through the main doors.
Students in Grades 4 & 5 enter through Exit 7, (near Moore Place).

If students are having breakfast, they should go directly to the Cafeteria.
If they are lining up with their class, they need to report as follows:

Kindergarten - report to the Kindergarten corridor.
Grade 1 - report to the Cafeteria. 
Grades 2 & 3 - report to the Auditorium. 
Grades 4 & 5 - report to the Gym.

School starts promptly at 8:10am. Students that arrive after 8:10am must get a late pass. Parents should wait with their children on the late line until a pass is given. Late students must wait in the lobby until all classes leave the auditorium/cafeteria before heading to their classroom.

Attendance is Important

Attendance is extremely important. Our teachers work very hard with our students every minute of the day. You may not think attendance is important, but consider this a student who is 10 minutes late every day will miss over 30 hours of instruction during the year - a week of school. A student who is absent just twice a month will miss 20 school days - 4 weeks of school! If your child misses a day of school, they can never have another chance at that day. They will miss important information and engaging lessons. We want our students to have every learning opportunity possible.

According to Chancellor’s Regulation A-210, school-age children in New York City are required to attend school on a full-time basis. Therefore, please be aware of the following:

Students are expected to be on time and in school every day.

Vacations, trips, or other activities are considered unexcused and should be made and scheduled when school is not in session.

Every effort must be made to schedule medical appointments after school hours so instructional time is not lost.

Students attending P.S. 255 should maintain minimum standards of attendance (90%).

Most Middle schools use attendance as one of their determining factors during the application process. Given equal ability and achievement, middle schools will accept the child with better attendance.

Attendance is one of the determining factors when considering a student’s promotion to the next grade.

Failure to maintain a 90% attendance and punctuality rate may result in your child's exclusion of special functions, such as awards ceremonies and Student of the Month acknowledgment.


Student success in school is directly related to the importance parents stress on education. Regular attendance not only emphasizes the importance of school, but also promotes responsibility and self-discipline. We need your help to ensure our students set good habits of punctuality at a young age.