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Paul Knox Attendance Policy
Denial of Credit
Any student who fails to meet the minimum attendance requirement will not be promoted or receive credit for the class(es) in which attendance requirement was not met unless approval for any excessive absences is given by the principal.
Students who are ill and whose attendance in school would endanger their health or the health of others may be excused from attendance. (A PHYSICIAN’S STATEMENT MAY BE REQUIRED) Students may be excused from attendance if there is a serious illness or death in their immediate family. Students may be excused for emergencies as APPROVED BY THE PRINCIPAL.
Chronic or extended illness requires a certification of the illness from a physician or other health care provider. The statement must be presented to the school at the time of registration or immediately following the medical diagnosis. Such statement will become a part of the student’s health file and will be placed in the permanent record. All absences in excess of ten days must be approved by the principal.
Absences as detailed below will be considered as lawful. Field Trips – Field trips are permitted only if they apply directly to objectives of the school curriculum.
Early Dismissal for Competitive Events
Only for school sponsored competitive events may students miss class and these lawful absences are not to exceed five days during the school year.
In-school suspensions will not count as absences.
Out-of-school suspensions will count as lawful absences and count against the maximum ten days allowed.
Routine Scheduled Visits for Dental/Medical/Mental Health
Students who require routine periodic visits to their orthodontist, dentist, physician, mental health specialist, health department specialist and other health-related professionals should schedule their appointments at times other than instructional time. If such visits are required during the school day, they should be scheduled at varying times. Lawful absences for these purposes are not to exceed five days during the school year.
Students who are late to school due to the tardy arrival of school buses will not be counted absent or tardy.
Student absences resulting from required court appearances will be considered as lawful provided that a statement is received from the court authority.
An unlawful absence is defined as a student’s willful absence from school without the knowledge of the parents or a student’s absence from school by parents’ choice.
Students who enter school after the first ten days and whose reasons for failing to attend school are not permitted according to Board policy will not receive credit for the school year.
South Carolina State Law, Section 59-65-90 requires that (1) “school officials shall immediately intervene to encourage the student’s future attendance when the student has three consecutive unlawful absences or a total of five unlawful absences, and (2) the district board of trustees or its designee shall promptly approve or disapprove any student absence in excess of ten days.” A plan shall be developed in conjunction with the student and parent or guardian to improve future attendance.
To “intervene” means to identify the reasons for the student’s continued absence and to develop a plan in conjunction with the student and his/her parent or guardian to improve his/her future attendance. The School Board designee for the implementation of this policy is the school principal. Nothing within this policy interferes with the board’s authority to refer a child at any time to a truancy prevention program, or to the court pursuant to Section 59-65-50.
Students who are absent will be required to make up work missed in each class. The student will have one day to make up his/her work for each day he/she was absent. Once make up work is given, it is due on an assigned day. If another absence occurs, the original make up assignment is due on the student's first day back. A grade of “I” (incomplete) will be given until the assigned time for make up is completed. A grade of “O” will be given for work not made up by the assigned time.
It is the STUDENT’S responsibility to obtain all make-up work from his or her teachers immediately upon returning to school. It is the student’s responsibility to find out what work needs to be made up.
An appeal of the principal’s decision will be processed through the District’s administrative functions (Assistant Superintendent, District Superintendent, respectively) with the Board of Education being the final appeal. These regulations apply to all students in grades K – 12. All attendance in high school credit courses will be maintained on a class-by-class basis. Elementary and middle school absences for more than one-half day of school will be considered as a full day’s absence.
FAMILY VACATIONS AND TRIPS DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR WILL BE CONSIDERED AS UNLAWFUL ABSENCES.
ANY STUDENT WHO MISSES MORE THAN TEN DAYS FROM ONE CLASS OR TEN DAYS OF SCHOOL WILL BE REQUIRED TO HAVE A STATEMENT FROM A PHYSICIAN.
Parents who anticipate a student’s absence of more than five consecutive days due to an extended health problem should apply immediately for homebound instruction by calling the school’s main office. A student on homebound instruction is not counted absent.