ATTENDANCE LAWS

In accordance with the South Carolina School Attendance Law, The School District of Greenville County has adopted uniform rules to assure students attend school regularly.  Each day that students are not in school, they miss hours of valuable instruction and opportunities for learning they will not have again.  Students are responsible for tracking their attendance in order to ensure they receive credit for all of their courses.  There is no guarantee of Seat Time Recovery so students should strive to be in each class on time every day.

Students are counted present only when they are actually in classes at least one-half of the class period, are on homebound instruction, or are present at an activity authorized by the school principal. The official record of attendance in class will be recorded by the teacher.

Credit for Course: The school year consists of two 90-day semesters. To receive credit in 90-day semester courses, students must attend at least 85 days of each 90-day semester course as well as meet all of the minimum requirements for each course. ANY UNEXCUSED ABSENCE IN EXCESS OF FIVE (5) DAYS MAY CAUSE THE STUDENT TO LOSE CREDIT FOR THE COURSE.

Truancy: In accordance with SC State Law, truancy occurs when a student aged 12 - 17 if they miss 3 consecutive days without a medical or parent note or 5 or more absences for the entire year without a medical or parent note.  Students and parents should pay special attention to the attendance guidelines because credit for a class may depend on it! 
 

Lawful absences include but are not limited to:

  • absences caused by a student's own illness and whose attendance in school would endanger his or her health or the health of others
  • absences due to an illness or death in the student's immediate family
  • absences due to a recognized religious holiday of the student's faith
  • absences for students whose parents/guardians are experiencing a military deployment
  • absences due to activities that are approved in advance by the principal

MINIMUM ATTENDANCE TO BE COUNTED PRESENT

  • Students are counted present only when they are actually in school, on homebound instruction, or are present at an activity authorized by the school principal.
  • A student is considered in attendance for the whole day when present for at least half of the school day.
  • A student must attend at least half (45 minutes) of a class during the school day to be counted present for that class.

TARDY POLICY

Greenville Early College expects students to be in class on time.  Doors open daily at 7:30am.  Any student arriving after 7:55am will need to obtain a Tardy Slip from the Front Office.  During the school day, students have FIVE(5) minutes between classes to help them manage the hallways, visit restrooms, and move from one end of the campus to the other.

In order to have an Excused Tardy to class, a student must present:

  • a Tardy Slip marked Excused from the Attendance Clerk for students just arriving to school,
  • a Hall Pass from another Teacher who may have detained the student,
  • a Hall Pass from Administrators or Guidance who may have detained the student,
  • a Hall Pass from the Nurse indicating that the student was being seen for a medical issue,
  • or a Hall Pass from other GEC staff that may have a legitimate reason for detaining the student.

When a student does not have such a note, their tardy will be marked as an Unexcused Tardy.  Teachers and Administrators will consistently follow a sequence of consequences for tardies.  Please see the TARDY POLICY section of the Student Handbook for more information.

SUBMITTING A NOTE FOR ABSENCE

Notes for absences can be submitted by one of three methods: EMAIL, HANDWRITTEN NOTE or ONLINE.

Include in your email or handwritten note:

Student Name

Student Grade

Date of absence(s)

Reason for absence(s)

Parent/Guardian Name and Contact Number

***If you have a medical/dental/legal document or other documentation, you may attach it to an email, submit it separately to the Main Office or fax it to 864-355-9815.***

It is the student’s responsibility to submit a parent or doctor’s note explaining the absence to the Main Office.  According to GCSD policy, a student has two (2) days upon their return from any absence to submit an absence note.  If a valid excuse is not turned in, the absence will be regarded as an Unexcused absence.  Medical excuses must provide specific, finite dates for excusal.  If dismissals are for a doctor’s appointment, an official doctor’s note must be returned in order for an absence to be classified as Medical.

EARLY DISMISSAL REQUEST

Early Dismissal requests can be submitted by one of three methods: EMAIL, HANDWRITTEN NOTE or ONLINE.

  • Email Early Dismissal Requests to madell@greenville.k12.sc.us
  • Handwritten requests should be brought in by 7:50AM or as early as possible on the day of the early dismissal to the Main Office.
  • We request that you make every effort to have the dismissal time between classes as posted in the BELL SCHEDULE section of the Student Handbook.
  • All in-person early dismissals by the parent/guardian listed on the student’s PowerSchool account MUST occur PRIOR TO 3:00PM – ID must be shown at the time of pickup.

Include in your email or handwritten note:

Student Name

Student Grade

Time of dismissal

Parent/Guardian Name and Contact Number

***If someone other than the parent/guardian will be picking up the student, list that name as well.  Individuals picking up a student must have a valid form of ID to complete the pick-up process. ***

COLLEGE VISITS

Juniors and Seniors are allowed up to three (3) college visits each year.  Each visit must be to a different institution.  In order for a college day to count as a field trip, you must bring written proof of your visit to the institution on the college’s letterhead the day you return to school.  It will be filed in the Main Office.  If you fail to follow this procedure exactly, your college visit will count as an absence and count against your allotted absences per semester.

SEAT TIME RECOVERY

Students who do not qualify for credit for a class because they have exceeded the allowed number of absences may participate in Seat Time Recovery.

***More details coming soon on Greenville Early College Seat Time sessions***