The South Carolina Code of Laws sets the standard regarding school attendance. Absences in excess of 10 days total may affect a student’s progress in school as determined by the districts Promotion and Retention policy. Written notification is sent to parents when a student has 3 consecutive or a total of 5 unexcused absences to attend an Intervention Meeting. At the conference, the parent or guardian and school personnel will address ways to correct and or improve the attendance issues.
Students are required to bring a written excuse on the first day back from an absence. All excuses must be submitted within 7 days of returning to school. If an excuse is received after the 7 day limit, the absence(s) will remain as unexcused on the student(s) record. Therefore, it is very important to meet the 7 day deadline. A total of five parent notes will be accepted for the year.
- Students who are ill and whose attendance in school would endanger their health or the health of others.
- Students in whose immediate family there is a death.
- Students may be excused from attendance in school for recognized religious holidays of their faith.
- Students may be excused from attendance in school for a doctor or dentist appointment. The beginning and ending of time of the appointment must be verified in writing by the doctor or dentist upon return of the student to school.
- Student absences that are Principal Approved and count as an excused absence.
Once an elementary student has accumulated 10 absences - regardless of the reason - an excuse from a licensed/certified health practitioner will be required for any further absence. Five parent notes are accepted for the year (i.e. no parent notes will be accepted to excuse an absence after the student has accrued the 5th unexcused absence or 10th total absence.) Should a death in the family occur, an obituary notice or funeral program must be provided to the school in order for that day(s) to be excused.
Students are required to bring a written excuse from a parent/guardian to their homeroom teacher on the first day back to school after an absence. Absences for which a valid excuse is not presented by the 7th day back to school after an absence shall be considered unlawful. Valid excuses include:
- The student’s name
- The date(s) of the absence(s)
- The reason for the absence
- A parent’s/guardian signature
- A telephone number where the parent/guardian can be reached
Students will be expected to arrive at school on time and to report to class on time. All students not in class when the 8:00 am bell rings are considered tardy. Students who enter classrooms late are disruptive to the instructional program and we encourage students to be on time. If a student arrives after 8:00 am, he/she must report to the office, sign in, and receive a tardy pass. Students at the elementary level may enter the school unaccompanied by a parent.
When a student has accrued a total of 5 tardies, written notification is sent to parents to schedule an intervention meeting. School officials and parents are required by law to develop an intervention plan in an effort to decrease student tardies. Excessive tardies are referred to the Anderson County Attendance Office.
Intervention Plan Meeting
School administration will intervene after the following:
- Three consecutive unlawful absences
- A total of five unlawful absences
- A total of 10 absences
- Each absence in excess of a total of 10 absences
- A total of 5 tardies
In the event circumstances make it necessary for parents or guardians to get children out of school before the end of the school day, please sign them out through the office. Please do not phone the school and ask to have them waiting until someone arrives. These precautions are taken to protect the child as well as the school. Early dismissals after 2:00 may not be allowed unless it is an emergency. It is not a good practice to leave school early as students are missing valuable instruction.
The Anderson County Board of Education Attendance Office defines Perfect Attendance as NO absences or unexcused tardies from school the entire school year. Faithful Attendance is defined as two or less absences and/or unexcused tardies for the entire school year.