Student Services - Attendance Services

Apple with a check markRegular school attendance is an essential part of a student's learning process and a necessary means to graduating with a good education. Students who are frequently absent may be putting their futures in jeopardy by falling behind in academics and missing important socialization concepts that enhance their ability to understand and follow directions. Chronic absenteeism, especially truancy, is a behavior that is highly associated with dropping out of school.

Objective

To maintain first-rate attendance and raise the academic performance of each student.

Mission Statement

The Attendance Staff works closely with students, parents, school personnel, and the community to remove barriers that affect student attendance in school.

SC Compulsory School Attendance Law

All parents or guardians shall cause their children or wards who are in the age group of five to sixteen years, inclusive, to regularly attend a public or private school or kindergarten of this State which has been approved by the State Board of Education or a member school of the South Carolina Independent Schools’ Association or some similar organization, or a parochial, denominational, or church-related school,or other programs which have been approved by the State Board of Education; provided, further, that any parent or guardian which child or ward is not six years of age on or before the first day of September of a particular school year may elect for their child or ward not to attend kindergarten. For this purpose, the parent or guardian must sign a written document making such election with the governing body of the school district wherein the parent or the guardian resides. The form of this written document shall be prescribed by regulation of the Department of Education. Upon such a written election being executed, that child or ward may not be required to attend kindergarten.

Spanish Version

Ley de Asistencia obligatoria para las escuelas de SC

Todos los padres o tutores deben encausar a sus hijos o protegidos que estén entre los cinco y dieciséis años inclusive, para que asistan a una escuela ya sea publica o privada, o un kindergarten que haya sido aprobado por el Directorio de Educación del Estado, o que sea miembro de la Asociación de Escuelas Independientes de Carolina del Sur o alguna organización similar, ya sea parroquial o relacionada a alguna iglesia o cualquier otro programa que haya sido aprobada por el Directorio de Educación del Estado. Cualquier padre o tutor que tenga un niño que no haya cumplido los seis años al primero de Septiembre de cualquier año escolar, puede optar por no mandarlo a kindergarten. Para este efecto el padre o tutor debe firmar un documento con el departamento correspondiente en el distrito escolar donde reside estableciendo esta decisión. El formulario de dicho documento debe cumplir con las regulaciones del Departamento de Educación. Una vez completo este tramite el niño no tendrá la obligación de asistir a kindergarten.

Contact Us

Ken Arnold, Director of Attendance / Social Work
(864) 355-2064 | karnold@greenville.k12.sc.us

Tracie Mills, Secretary
(864) 355-2080 | Fax: 355-2062 | temills@greenville.k12.sc.us

Drew Perry, Dropout Prevention Specialist
(864) 355-2065 - Office | 304-6545 - Mobile | jdperry@greenville.k12.sc.us