School System Policy 9010 - Student Attendance

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 12:34pm

When a student is absent, please report the absence by sending an email to Teacher’s Secretary, Kimberly Stewart at or submit a written note to your child's homeroom teacher upon their return to school.

If a note is not received, the absence will remain documented as Truant. Please see the Student Handbook for more information. Schools need documentation from a parent to determine if an absence is lawful or truant.

What is the Difference Between Excused and Unexcused Absences?

Lawful Absence - An excused absence for any portion of the day under the following conditions:

  1. Illness of the student
  2. Death in the immediate family
  3. Court summons
  4. Observance of a religious holiday
  5. Hazardous weather conditions (as determined by the Superintendent)
  6. State emergency (as determined by the Governor)
  7. Lack of authorized transportation (school system transportation)

Unlawful Absence (Truant) - An unexcused absence for any reason other than those cited as lawful are presumed as unlawful and may constitute truancy. Students unlawfully absent are considered truant:

  1. Missed bus
  2. Car trouble
  3. Traffic
  4. No parking

Upon returning to school, the student must bring a written note signed by a parent/guardian citing the date of the absence and an explanation why the student could not attend school, or have previously emailed our Teacher’s Secretary, Kimberly Stewart at

While a phone call is appreciated we must have in writing why your student is absent.