Attendance is a key factor in student achievement; therefore, students are expected to be present each day school is in session.
Absences shall be classified as either excused or unexcused as determined by the principal or his/her designee. Excused absences shall include:
- Personal illness;
- Illness of immediate family member;
- Death in the family;
- Extreme weather conditions;
- Religious observances; or
- Circumstances which, in the judgment of the principal, create emergencies over which the student has no
Students participating in school-sponsored activities, whether on- or off-campus, shall not be counted absent. In order to qualify as “school-sponsored,” the activity must be school-planned, school-directed, and teacher-supervised. Mass exodus or early dismissal or late arrival of all students or any segment of students shall not be permitted for any reason except for emergencies such as inclement weather or other unavoidable situations unless instruction time is made up in full.
Student attendance records shall be given the same level of confidentiality as other student records. Only authorized school officials with legitimate educational purposes may have access to student information without the consent of the student or parent/guardian.
Truancy is defined as an absence for an entire school day, a major portion of the school day, or the major portion of any class, study hall, or activity during the school day for which the student is scheduled. The parent or guardian will receive a call each day through School Messenger when a student is absent. At five (5) unexcused absences, the attendance secretary will attempt to call and make contact with the parent. If unexcused absences continue, the parent may be contacted by the guidance counselor or social worker from the school. At ten unexcused absences, a truancy petition may be filed against the parent. If a truancy petition is filed against the parent, a warrant will be issued for the parent’s arrest and the matter will be taken to court.
Board Policy STU 9 Legal References:
TRR/MS 0520-1-3-.03(15); T.C.A. §49-6-2904
Attendance Accounting Procedural Manual,
Minimum Standards and Guidelines, State Department of Education T.C.A. §10-7-504; 20 U.S.C. 1232g
Administrative Directive 79