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How do I meet with the School Counselor?

Students should make an effort to meet and get to know his/her school counselor. To meet with a counselor, students are encouraged to come in to make an appointment in the guidance office with his/her assigned school counselor who will make every effort to schedule appointments for them on that day. The best times to see a counselor are during lunch, study hall or other non-academic classes. If an emergency arises, students are recommended to get a pass from a teacher to see the counselor.

Parents should call ahead and set up a day and time to meet with their child’s assigned counselor. If an appointment is not made ahead of time, there is no guarantee that the counselor will be available to speak with you. We strongly encourage parents to reach out to inform their child’s counselor if anything major changes at home, concerns that their child brings up about school or any other emergency that arises that they should be aware of to effectively help monitor the situation during the school day.


How and when should I request homework when my child is not in school?

  • If your child will only be out one day, we recommend that you wait until your child returns to request the homework they missed

  • If your child will be out for 2 or more days, we recommend you calling to request the homework to be collected.

Requests should be made by 10:00 am by calling 877-5740 x 1200

*This will ensure that teachers will have enough time to compile the work before the end of the day.


What should I do if my child is absent?

Our role as support staff and parents is to instill positive habits in all children to ensure their future success.  Throughout life, promptness, responsibility and accountability are helpful habits to develop.

If you know your child will be absent, please contact the attendance office to make them aware of their absence.

Just a reminder: Even though a call is made, all absences need to be followed up with a written note to the school attendance office immediately following your child’s absence. If they have been out 3 or more consecutive days, they will need a doctor’s note in order for it to be reported as an “excused” absence.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s attendance, please call his or her school counselor.

Dover Middle School   2368 Route 22   Dover Plains, NY 12522   Phone: (845) 877-5740   Fax: (845) 877-5749

The Dover Union Free School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities.  
The following people have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Donna Basting, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Staff Development, and Technology
2368 Route 22, Dover Plains, NY  12522
845-877-5700 x1233 

Genie Angelis, High School Principal
2368 Route 22, Dover Plains, NY  12522
845-877-5700 x1143

For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

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