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Attendance Policies and Procedures

Being absent from school is like being absent from a place of employment. Each credit is based upon a certain number of days attendance and work required in preparation for class.

Students that accumulate unexcused tardies/early dismissals may be required to attend an attendance advisory session during Byrn Time. Students will also serve ISS after their 5th unexcused tardy and/or unexcused dismissal. Students will also serve ISS after the 10th and 15th. If a student reaches 20, the student will receive OSS at 20 and for each additional 5. This will start over at the beginning of every semester.

All missed class work or tests may be made up. A reasonable effort must be made, and ample opportunities must be provided by school personnel. Grades may reflect less than full credit. (Exceptions include pre- announced tests and term assignments that will be due upon return.) School work and tests missed for suspensions may be required to be made up. Students may be denied the privilege of making up work missed as a result of an unexcused absence or suspension. It is the responsibility of each student to initiate the desire to make up the work on the day he or she returns to class.

Excused absences include illness, death in the family, seasonal work in a family business, court appearance, medical examinations, religious holidays, college visits and driver’s examinations. Students participating in school-sponsored activities whether on or off campus shall not be counted absent. To qualify as a school sponsored, the activity must be school-planned, school-directed, teacher supervised, or a program for out of school credit.

Any student with 5 or more unexcused absences will be considered truant and treated accordingly.

  • An attendance letter will be mailed home after 5 unexcused absences. A second letter will be mailed home after 7 unexcused absences and a parent meeting will be scheduled.
  • After 10 unexcused absences, the student/parent will be referred to the Robertson County Juvenile Court for truancy.
  • Robertson County Attendance Policy:
    • Students in grades K-8 will be allowed 5 parent notes a semester. No more than 10 a year.
    • Students in grades 9-12 will be allowed 3 parent notes a semester. No more than 6 a year.

Robertson County School Board Policy: An accumulation of 8 unexcused early dismissals and/or unexcused early checkouts will be considered a one-day unexcused absence.

Absentee Policy / Absence Information

  • Students must report to the front lobby if they have missed the previous day or any part of the previous day to receive an attendance note.
  • A note from a parent, guardian, or doctor should be presented. The note should be complete with dates, reason for absence(s), signature, and phone number for verification.
  • If a student has missed 3 consecutive days due to illness, a doctor’s note may be required.
  • In the event of excessive absences, the school reserves the right to request a doctor’s note at itsdiscretion.
  • To leave campus after he/she has arrived, a student must give the office a written notice by a parent andthe student must sign out in the main office. There will be no phone check-outs. All parent notes sentby email will be verified by phone call.
  • SENIOR SKIP DAY IS RECOGNIZED AS AN UNEXCUSED ABSENCE as this is not a school-sponsored event.
Absence Procedures
  • An attendance note will be issued to the student. The student must present this attendance note to each teacher of the class or classes missed the previous day. The teacher will mark in his/her gradebook whether the absence was unexcused or excused.
  • Students who do not get an attendance note in the morning on a day after an absence will automatically be counted as unexcused in all classes.
  • Students will need to turn in the attendance note to the teacher of the student’s last class of the day, which will be turned into the office and filed in the student’s attendance folder.