Niskayuna Schools > Niskayuna High School > Policies & Procedures

John Rickert, Principal
1626 Balltown Rd., Niskayuna NY 12309
Phone: (518) 382-2511, Ext. 21701  Fax: (518) 382-2539

policies & procedures

Parent Portal

With a couple clicks of the mouse, high school parents may access their child's grades online. The district's Parent Portal through Power School is currently open for high school students only. Parents may sign up for an account in person at the high school attendance office between 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Parents must bring a photo ID and complete a brief form. Please call Amanda Vickerson, at 382-2511 ext. 21721.

The portal is accessible via the following (secure) web address:

An email address is available for support at


Attendance Procedures

Student Absences:

If you know your child is going to be ABSENT please call the Attendance Office at 382-2511, ext. 21700. Please call first thing in the morning to alleviate us making a call home to you. When your child returns to school please send them in with a written note, stating the date of absences, for your child to hand in to his/her homeroom teacher. An unexused absence may result in discipline action being taken by the assistant principal. Note: If your child will be absent for five or more days because of serious illness, injury, or other excused absence please contact an assistant principal and the child's counselor.


If your child will be TARDY please call the Attendance Office at 382-2511, ext. 21700. Send your child in with a tardy note signed by a parent or guardian, stating the reason why the child is late with the date and time the child should be signing into school. The student should report to the attendance office when he/she arrives to school to sign-in. He/she will be given a pass to report to class. If your child does not have a tardy note upon arrival the child will be marked unexcused tardy until a note is provided. An unexused tardy may result in discipline action being taken by the assistant principal.


If your child is leaving school for an early DISMISSAL please call the Attendance Office at 382-2511, ext. 21700. The child should report to the attendance office in the morning to be given a dismissal pass. Please send your child into school with a note signed by a parent or guardian stating the reason why your child must leave early, the date, time of dismissal and if they are returning.The student should return to school with his/her dismissal pass to sign back in at the attendance office. If a last minute appointment was made for your child and you must take them out of school please call ASAP. You must either fax a note to 382-2539 or meet your child in the attendance office for he/she to be dismissed.


School Hours & Daily Schedules

7:40 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.

The high school operates on a two-day rotation schedule (A & B), with blocks 1-5 on A Days and Blocks 6-10 on B Days. Daily Bell Schedule | Half-Day Schedule | One-Hour Delay Schedule | Two-Hour Delay Schedule


Building access

The safety and security of our students and staff is our highest priority. We also need to balance security with access to the high school by our community. To that end, please be aware of the following:

  • All exterior doors are locked at 8 a.m.
  • Community members who wish to access the building will need to report to either the East Entrance or West (Main) Entrance of the building where entrance to the building will be granted by a school campus supervisor utilizing our intercom and buzzer system.
  • Community residents wishing to access the pool at lunch will find the pool doors unlocked from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., but will not have access to any other area of the building.
  • Students who go outside of the building during the lunches are permitted to do so. Students will need to re-enter the building through either the east or west entrance, or with the assistance of a staff member assigned to supervise an outside area.

Student drop-off procedures

The following student drop-off procedures are designed to improve traffic flow and – most importantly – to ensure student safety. These procedures provide a renewed emphasis on all pedestrians using crosswalks and they call for new options for parents dropping students off at the school, as noted below:

  • All students should be dropped-off curbside at one of three locations, which will depend upon if a student has an instrument and the time of arrival (for the Nott Street entrance).
  • Prior to 7:20 a.m., parents should only use the Balltown Road entrance to the campus.
  • If you are using the Balltown Road entrance and dropping off a child with no musical instrument, turn left at the stop sign and drop your child off at the pool entrance. This is a new drop-off location.
  • If you are dropping off a middle or high school child with an instrument, turn right at the stop sign and use the circle right in front of the building to drop your child off curbside.
  • For the Nott Street Entrance: This entrance is only to be used for student drop-offs after 7:20 a.m. Proceed onto the campus and drop students off curbside at the bus loop. Use the circle to exit the campus on Nott Street also.
  • Students are not to be dropped off at any location other than the three designated curbside drop-off points. Eliminating stops at other points in the roadway is an important element of improved traffic flow and student safety.

Pedestrians Must Use Crosswalks

The district will refresh the paint at the two existing crosswalks which lead from the student parking lot to the front of the high school. It will put into place free-standing pedestrian markers.

The district will establish a third crosswalk leading from the center of the student parking lot to the front of the school. It will establish concrete steps with handrails in this spot, which will be especially helpful in winter and other inclement weather, and will post visible cross walk signs.

The district plans to provide additional adult supervision to help motorists and students during this time of transition.

The district will monitor the impact of the new procedures of the coming weeks. Thank you for your cooperation as we work to ensure safe and orderly student arrival time at the high school.