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Reporting a Student Absence

Parents/guardians are now required to report student absences, lateness, and early dismissal requests using the Genesis Parent Portal. Emails, voicemails, and handwritten notes will no longer be accepted to report student absences, tardies, or early dismissals.


  1. BEFORE 11 AM - Log into your Genesis Parent Portal.
  2. Click on the “Student Data” menu.
  3. Find “Notify Office” under “Attendance”.
  4. Enter the required information (Absence, Tardy, or Early Dismissal) including reasons for the absence/tardy/early dismissal in the box provided.
  5. Click “Submit to Office”.
  6. All parents/guardians will receive a confirmation email to the email account(s) listed on Genesis.
  7. If it is after 11 am you will need to email with Student Name, date of absence and reason of absence or call 201-816-6625.

It is imperative that all contact information is up to date in your Parent Portal to receive relevant communication regarding your student. If you have any questions, please contact your school for information and assistance. 

Regarding Religious Holidays:

Tenafly Public Schools acknowledge the unique culture and background of individuals and communities. As per N.J.S.A. 18A:36-14 through 16 and N.J.A.C. 6A:32-8.4(e), any student absent from school because of a religious holiday may not be deprived of any opportunities available to them as a student. To be entitled to the privileges set forth above, the parent/guardian must indicate this through Genesis under the “Notify Office” tab, citing the religious holiday, prior to the date of anticipated absence. 

  • Follow steps 1-4 above
  • In the “Description” section, write “Religious Holiday” and list the specific religious holiday from the state approved holiday list. Then click “Submit to Office”. (
  • All religious holiday absences must be submitted in advance in order to be excused.

Attendance Guidelines and Procedures

For additional rules and guidelines associated with a student absence, including:

  • Bell Schedules

  • Chronic or Recurrent Medical Conditions

  • Delayed Openings and School Closings

  • Extended Consecutive Absences

  • Makeup Work

  • Maximum Absence Limits

  • Religious Holidays

  • Request a College Visit

  • Requesting an Early Dismissal 1

  • Requirement for Participation in School Activities

  • Truancy and Class Cuts

  • Verify a Late Arrival

  • Verify an Absence

Refer to the Tiger Q Handbook or Attendance Page on the Parents tab.