Attendance/Absentee Policies

Absences not related to illness or injury, death in the immediate family, medical and dental appointments, quarantine, court proceedings, educational opportunity and religious observances without prior approval of the principal are considered unlawful. After 10 days of unlawful absences, North Carolina law requires the principal to report the absences to the District Attorney. If a student attends school less than 166 days, the social worker and school administration will review the matter and make recommendations. Students and/or parents may be required to attend make-up sessions if a student's absences exceed the lawful limit.

Notes from home are required upon a student returning to school following an absence. Absences are listed as unexcused until notes are received within three days of the students return to school. Please list the dates of the absence and the reason for the absence.  Please sign and date the note and send it to your child's teacher the day your child returns to school.  Doctor’s notes may be required for multiple health-related absences or a history of absences. Students who know in advance that they are going to be absent from school should bring a written note from home prior to the absences.  It is not necessary to call the school to let us know that your child will be absent.