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School Attendance:

Don't Give Up on your Future Attendance in school and participation in class are essential parts of a student’s academic achievement and the teaching-learning process. Regular attendance at school is mandatory and develops patterns of behavior essential to success in life. All students are expected to attend school regularly and are expected to arrive on time. Daily attendance is directly linked to student achievement. Absenteeism critically impairs the ability to be successful in school.

The responsibility for school attendance will be that of the home. Parents or legal guardians have the responsibility for ensuring that students attend and remain at school daily. State law also prohibits any person from encouraging, enticing, or counselling a child to be unlawfully absent from school. Policy 4400 may be viewed at the CCS website.

To achieve an efficient and workable program regarding student attendance, the following procedures will be implemented:

A. Once a student has arrived on campus during the school day, the student becomes the responsibility of the school.

B. In order to participate in special school events, in athletic contests, drama productions, musical productions, etc., the student must be present for one-half of the school instructional day. Students absent on the day of school events will not be allowed to practice or participate in that activity. It is the responsibility of the sponsor or coach to be aware of the attendance of his/her students.

C. The homeroom teacher, classroom teacher, and the school office will keep daily records of attendance, check-ins, check-outs, and early dismissals. If a student is absent after the 3rd absence, the teacher will call a parent. When the student is absent 10 days, a referral will be made to the Social Worker who will take appropriate action. If the situation is not corrected, appropriate action will be necessary. Classroom attendance will be recorded on each report card.

D. Students who are absent ten consecutive days without notifying the school will be dropped from the roll. Students under the age of 16 will be considered truant and turned over to the District Attorney’s Office.

E. All student absences will require a note from a parent/guardian, explaining the reason for the absence. Any extended absences will require satisfactory evidence of the excuse. According to state law, a student must be in attendance for a minimum of 90% in each class in order to earn a unit of credit. State Board of Education Policy TCSL 000,002,003 and Cumberland County Policy 4400.
Students can miss no more than 9 days in a semester class and no more than 18 days in a year-long class.


1. Illness or injury: prevents the student from being physically able to attend school.

2. Quarantine: isolation of the student as ordered by the local health officer or by the State Board of Health.

3. Death in the immediate family: a death of a member of the immediate family of the student. For the purposes of this regulation, the immediate family of a student includes, but is not necessarily limited to, grandparents, parents, brothers, and sisters.

4. Medical or Dental Appointments: medical or dental appointment of a student and approval of the appropriate school official is gained prior to the absence, except in the case of an emergency.

5. The court or Administrative Proceedings: attendance of a student at the proceedings of a court or an administrative tribunal if the student is a party to the action or under subpoena as a witness.

6. Religious Observation: tenets of a religion to which a student or his/her parent adhere, require or suggest observance of a religious event. The approval of such absences is within the discretion of the local board of education, but approval should be granted unless the religious observance, or the cumulative effect of the religious observances, is of such duration as to interfere with the education of the student.

7. Educational Opportunity: a valid educational opportunity, such as travel. Approval must be granted by the principal prior to the absence.

a.For college visits: Student must submit written proof from the college visited.

8. Pregnant or Parenting Student: due to pregnancy and related conditions or student parenting, when medically necessary.

In addition, a student whose parent or legal guardian (a) is an active duty member of the uniformed services as defined by policy 4050, Children of Military Families, and (b) has been called to duty for, is on leave from, or has immediately returned from deployment to a combat zone or combat support posting will be granted up to five additional excused absences upon approval by the superintendent or designee to visit with his or her parent or legal guardian.

In the case of excused absences and out-of-school suspensions, the student will be permitted to make up his or her work in accordance with policy. The student is responsible for finding out what assignments are due and arranging a time with the teacher to make up assignments missed during class time. (Policy 4400, Section B)

“REQUEST FOR ABSENCE” form is available online at the school homepageAdvancing Student Success or may be picked up in the front office.


1. A student’s willful absence from school with or without the knowledge of the parent.

2. A student’s absence from school for any reason other than those listed under “Lawful Absences”.
Parents who refuse to comply with the health regulations of a community, such as compulsory vaccination, thereby causing a student to be excluded from school, or parents who permit a student to stay at home or to be employed in any way contrary to the Child Welfare Law, shall be responsible for the nonattendance of the student.
The Board Policy for student attendance further incorporates by reference any additional rules and regulations of the State Board of Education governing compulsory school attendance and student accounting.

“Every Minute Counts from Start to Finish”


Make-up of any missed assignments by an elementary, middle or high school student attending school on a regular schedule must be completed within five school days of the student’s return to school. Make-up of missed assignments by a high school student on a 4 x 4 schedule must be completed within three school days of the student’s return to school.

If the teacher is unable to give a student the original assignment as makeup work, then the teacher shall provide an alternative but comparable assignment to be completed by the student. A teacher may allow for an extension of makeup assignment deadlines in the case of valid, extenuating circumstances. (Policy 4400, Section D) 27


The parent/guardian of his/her student who has been absent five days in a class (lawful or unlawful) will be notified by mail of the absences that he or she may be in violation of the Compulsory Attendance Law and may be prosecuted if the absences cannot be justified under the established attendance policies of the State and local boards of education.


All students are expected to arrive at school and to class in a timely manner. A student, who arrives after the late bell rings, is considered tardy. Keep in mind that multiple tardies will result in Administration taking disciplinary actions.

Tardy begins immediately following the ringing of the late bell:

  • 1st Tardy – Teacher may give the student a warning.
  • 2nd Tardy – Teacher may call the parent and/or assign detention.
  • 3rd Tardy – Teacher will assign detention (minimum 1 hour)
  • 4th Tardy – Teacher may assign detention or refer to administration.

CHECK-IN POLICY: (First Period only)

Students checking in after 8:30 a.m. will be coded an unexcused unless documentation of a lawful excuse is submitted. A student may check-in excused with valid documentation of a professional appointment (i.e., doctor, dentist/orthodontist, lawyer, court/legal note).

Students coming late to the school other than the above reasons must be checked-in by the parent/legal guardian only. All other check-ins will be considered unexcused unless approved by Administration.

A student who accumulates three or more unexcused check-ins he/she is subject to disciplinary action.


In order to protect our students, all parents, legal guardians, or emergency contacts must provide a photo ID in order to check the student out of school. For students that drive to school: a written note must be presented to the Attendance office clerk before the school day starts. No check-outs can be done through a phone call. Check-outs will not be permitted after 3:15 p.m. unless documentation of a professional appointment can be provided.


Students arriving at school before 8:23 a.m. must report immediately to the gym or cafeteria. Only students eating breakfast report to the cafeteria; all others report to the gym. At the ringing of the bell, students will then go to their lockers and directly to class.

Published by Betty Houghtaling on June 3, 2019

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