The Importance of School Attendance

  • Parents/Guardians are responsible for ensuring that their children attend school, every day, on time, unless properly excused pursuant to NJ state law (NJSA 18A:38-25) and District Policy 5200.

    Failure to cause a child to attend school regularly and on time can result in parent & child referral to municipal court for truancy and a fine. For further information, please contact your child’s school or the Compulsory School Attendance and Student Accounting Department.

Contact Us


    Natalia Frazier-Thompson

    Deputy Director of Compulsory School Attendance & Student Accounting Department/Special Investigations Unit
    Operational Units I, II, III, and IV 

    Virginia Jackson

    Coordinator of CSASA / Special Investigations Unit
    Unit I, II, III, and IV 

    Aidin Ortiz

    Senior Specialist of CSASA/Special Investigations Unit
    Eastside High School, Alonzo "Tambua" Moody Academy for Social Change, Rosa Parks High School, and Paterson STEAM High School

    Mayra-Raquel Amador

    Senior Specialist of CSASA / Specialist Investigations Unit 
    John F. Kennedy High School, International High School, Paterson P-Tech High School, and Newcomers High School

    Lindsey Barker

    Chronic Absenteeism Specialist
    School 2, Senator Frank Lautenberg School, School 12, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Young Men's Academy

    Edith Giggetts-Holland

    Chronic Absenteeism Specialist
    School 7, School 26, and Edward W. Kilpatrick

    Asia Noble

    Chronic Absenteeism Specialist
    School 10, School 21, School 28/PAGT, Rev. Dr. Frank Napier Academy

    Daniel Blathers

    Districtwide Field Investigator