Students are expected to arrive at school and all classes on time every day.
Public Education is a right and privilege available to all young people of school age in Virginia. It is provided at a considerable expense to parents and other citizens of the Commonwealth.
It is the responsibility of the School Board to certify that a particular level of education has been successfully attained. All students must meet all requirements of each subject area at their respective levels.
Regular class attendance is considered by the School Board to be essential to the educational process and to the satisfactory completion of the requirements of any class and subject offered.
Students who are absent must bring a valid note stating the reason for absence upon returning to school. Unexcused absences shall be handled according to regulations issued by the Superintendent.
Students shall attend school for a full day unless otherwise excused. Secondary students shall be scheduled for a full school day unless they are enrolled in a cooperative work-study program. All other exceptions to a full day schedule must be approved on an individual basis by the Superintendent or designee.
Truancy: Justifiable reasons for nonattendance should be submitted to the school for each absence. In the event a student arrives at school but does not attend his/her first class, this action is considered truancy.
Leaving School without Permission: Once a student arrives on school property, he/she may not leave without administrative permission prior to the end of the regularly scheduled school day.
The ultimate responsibility for school attendance rests with the student and his/her parent, parents, or guardians.
Early Intervention Process for Compulsory School Attendance
- If a student fails to report to school for a total of five scheduled school days for the school year, and there is no indication that the student’s parent is aware of and supports the absence; and if reasonable efforts to notify the parent of the absences have failed, then the Principal or designee shall make a reasonable effort to ensure that direct contact is made with the Such contact may be made in person or by telephone to obtain an explanation for the student’s absence and to explain the consequences of continued nonattendance. The Attendance Officer, the student, and the student’s parent shall jointly develop a plan to resolve the student’s nonattendance. Such plan shall include documentation of the reasons for the student’s nonattendance.
- If the student is absent an additional day after direct contact is made with the parent, and the Attendance Officer has received no indication that the parent is aware of and supports the student’s absence, the Attendance Officer shall schedule a conference within ten school This conference must take place no later than the fifteenth school day after the sixth absence. At the conference, his/her parent, and school personnel shall meet to resolve issues related to the nonattendance. Other community service providers may also be included in the conference.
- Upon the next absence after the conference without indication to the Attendance Officer that the student’s parent is aware of and supports the absence, the Principal or designee shall notify the Attendance Officer of both of the following:
- filing a complaint with the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court alleging the student is a child in need of supervision as defined in Section 1-228 or
- instituting proceedings against the parent pursuant to Section 18/2-371 or Section 1-262.
In filing a complaint against the student, the Attendance Officer shall provide written documentation of the efforts already undertaken to resolve the student’s absence. If the parents have joint physical custody of the student, and the school has notice of the custody arrangement, then both parents shall be notified at their last known addresses.
- It is expected that parents will cooperate with the Attendance Officer and other school officials to remedy the student’s attendance Where direct contact with a parent cannot be made, despite reasonable efforts, or where parents otherwise fail to cooperate in remedying the student’s attendance problem, the Superintendent or the Superintendent’s designee may seek immediate compliance with the compulsory school attendance laws. The Attendance Officer, with the knowledge and approval of the Superintendent, shall institute proceedings against any parent who fails to comply with the requirements of the compulsory attendance laws. Where the complaint arises out of the parent’s failure to comply with the requirements of Section 22.1-258, the Attendance Officer shall document the school division’s compliance with this Code section.
- If a student arrives late to school, he should report to the office to secure a tardy slip.
- The student should provide the office secretary with a note signed from a parent or guardian explaining why the student was late. Excused or unexcused tardies will be considered on the same basis as excused or unexcused absences.
Middle and High School
- Any student who missed more than 15 days in a semester or subject will receive a grade no higher than sixty-nine (69) in that subject for the semester at the middle school or a class at the high school.
- Any student who misses more than twenty-five minutes from class will have that counted as an absence from that class.
- For high school students, two (2) unexcused tardies of less than twenty-five minutes each from a class will constitute an absence in that class.
- Absences while under a doctor’s care or for prolonged illness will not count towards the 15 days. Notes must be submitted within 2 days of return to school.
- Teachers are responsible for initiating the necessary communication with parents at any time absences or tardies are jeopardizing the student’s progress in class.
- Students may apply to a school review panel for an exemption to the attendance policy. The school review panel shall be composed of the Principal or designee, and two teachers. Waivers will be granted only under very unusual circumstances (e.g. chronic or prolonged illness). Decisions rendered by this local school review panel may be appealed to the Superintendent and ultimately to the School Board.
- Seniors who miss 16 or more days (including tardies), in either semester, from any class (blocks 1-4) will not participate in any senior activities, in either semester, including marching in the graduation ceremony. These students may pick up their diploma the next school day, between the hours of 8:00 and 10:00 a.m.
- Seniors with 16 or more absences will be given a deadline to provide documentation (i.e., doctor/court notes) to allow these students the opportunity to be in compliance with the attendance policy.
- For students with extenuating cases who have exceeded the attendance policy, the High School Principal may create and implement a plan of action for students to follow in order to makeup days of absence and allow the students to graduate.
- Any senior expelled from school and placed in School-After-School (SAS) or Choices will not participate in senior activities, including marching in the graduation ceremony.
Recommended Dispositions - one or more may apply
Student Conference Counseling
Conference with Parent
Loss of Privileges Detention
In-School Suspension (ISS)
Instructional Support Services
Alternative School Program
Court Referral Initiated by Attendance Officer Denied Participation in Senior Activities
Special Note: Students may not participate in extra-curricular activities on days assigned to In-School Suspension (ISS). This shall apply where (ISS) is assigned for misconduct.
In addition to any other actions taken pursuant to this policy, if a student who is under 18 years of age has 10 or more unexcused absences from school on consecutive school days, the Principal may notify the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, which may take action to suspend the student’s driver’s license.