absences are defined as the following:
Illness - Students who are sick and whose illness would
endanger their health and the health of others. A doctor's
excuse may be required.
Family Illness - Students in whose immediate family there is a
serious illness that would reasonably necessitate the absence of a
- Death In
The Immediate Family - Students in whose immediate family there has
occurred a recent death may be temporarily excused from school for
a reasonable length of time.
Religious Holidays - Students will be temporarily excused from
attendance on special and recognized religious
Appointments - Will be excused with note from Doctor.
Sponsored Activities - Students shall be marked present when
participating in a school sponsored activity away from the school
building. However, any work missed must be made
Emergency/Crisis - Students will be excused when their absence is
beyond their control and due to a family emergency/crisis as
determined by a school administrator.
Closing - Weather or emergency
permission from the principal
Absences Are Defined As The Following:
absence for a reason not covered in the provisions described under
"Excused Absence" will be unexcused. (example: Overslept, Traffic,
Missed Bus, etc,)
in grades K-12 with more than 10 unexcused days in one semester
will be given a grade of FA (Failure due to Absence) for that
semester unless extenuating circumstances exist, and/or make up
work is completed as determined by the principal.
attendance is required of all children between the ages of seven
and seventeen, inclusive. (Alabama State Code, Sec. 16 28
- It is
the parents' responsibility to see that their children attend
school regularly and to provide evidence for an excused absence
when an absence is necessary. A phone call to the school about an
absence is not sufficient documentation.
State of Alabama requires a written note on file; Each note must
contain the following:
- Date to
number to contact parent/guardian
of parent or doctor (no signature stamps or nurses' signatures will
for Parents submitting excuses:
- Five (5)
Parent notes per semester for 3 days or less will be accepted. (If
a student is out more than 3 consecutive days, a doctor's note will
the student has used five (5) parent notes in the semester, a
doctor's note will be required.
excuse and/or necessary documentation must be submitted within
three days (72 hours) after returning to school or the absence is
notes will be kept on file and marked valid or invalid upon date
and time of receiving the note. When school officials do not know
the reason for an absence, they must assume that it is
must attend 51% of the day to be counted present for the day.
Parents must sign their children in or out of school at the office
and when checking in or out, the student will need a note to take
to his/her teachers. This note will count as one of the five (5)
parent notes that are allowed.
unexcused check-ins or check-outs will be considered one (1) day of
unexcused absence counted toward the truancy program.
will be notified of unexcused absences by letter, per the
unexcused absence -a letter will be given to the student or mailed
to the student's home.
unexcused absence - parents will receive a letter from the
attendance supervisor informing them that an Early Warning
complaint has been filed in juvenile court (if they have not
previously attended Early Warning). At the early warning session
penalties for any additional unexcused absences will be
unexcused absences - attendance supervisor will file a petition in
- Ten (10)
or more unexcused absences will result in contributing to the
delinquency charge being filed against the parent(s) or guardian(s)
of student by the Attendance Supervisor.