Middle School Attendance vs Elementary School Attendance
In middle and high school, attendance is tracked by period as opposed to all day attendance in Elementary School. Attendance is recorded in every class. This is referred to as meeting attendance. Therefore, if you miss a class due to a late arrival or an early dismissal you have had an absence in that class. Students are allowed 10 absences in any year long class and 5 in any semester long class. *See note below regarding unexcused absences. Any absence after the tenth will only be excused with a medical note from a physician.
Attendance Rules for Greenville County Schools
Regular school attendance is an essential part of a child’s learning process and vital to graduating with a good education. Students who are frequently absent may be jeopardizing their futures by falling behind in academics and missing important socialization. Furthermore, chronic absenteeism is a behavior that is strongly associated with dropping out of school.
Section 59-65-10 of the South Carolina Code of Laws requires all children to attend a public or private school or kindergarten beginning at age five (5) and continuing until their 17th birthday. If a parent chooses not to send their children to kindergarten, a waiver must be signed. Waivers may be obtained at the local school. Parents also have the option of home schooling their children provided the requirements for home schooling are met.
In accordance with the Compulsory School Attendance Law and S.C. Code of Regulations, uniform rules have been adopted to ensure that students attend school regularly. Students are expected to attend school each day and are only counted present when they are actually in school, on homebound instruction, or present at an activity authorized by the school principal.
All absences beginning with the first shall be approved or disapproved by the board's designee, the building principal. In making this decision, the principal shall be guided by the procedures as presented herein. Decisions regarding approval of absences and eligibility for credit may be appealed in accordance with district policy.
- Absences caused by a student's own illness* and whose attendance in school would endanger his or her health or the health of others. *Verified by a statement from a physician within two (2) days of the student's return to school. Absences for CHRONIC or EXTENDED illness will be approved only when verified by a physician's statement.
- Absences due to an illness or death in the student's immediate family verified by a statement from the parent within two (2) days of the student's return to school.
- Absences due to a recognized religious holiday of the student's faith when approved in advance. Such requests must be made to the principal in writing.
- Absences for students whose parents/guardians are experiencing a military deployment. A principal may grant up to five days of excused absences provided that 1) the absence is preapproved, 2) the student is in good standing, 3) the student has a prior record of good attendance, and 4) missed work is completed and turned in within the school’s allotted time period.
- Absences due to activities that are approved in advance by the principal. This would include absences for extreme hardships. Such approval should be prearranged when possible.
- Absences of a student without the knowledge of his or her parents.
- Absences of a student without acceptable cause with the knowledge of his or her parents.
- Suspension is not to be counted as an unlawful absence for truancy purposes.
**Attendance Intervention Conferences must be held any time a student misses 3 consecutive unverified or unexcused days, or when a student has 5 days of unverified or unexcused absences. **
The latest early dismissal is 2:45 pm.
Parents who must take a student out of school during the day should follow these procedures:
- Send a note with the student’s name, the time for dismissal, and a number where the parent can be reached and the reason for the early dismissal.
- The student will bring the note to the front office before homeroom.
- The student will be called to the front office when the parent(s) arrive.
- In the event the early dismissal was not pre-arranged, call ahead to request the early dismissal (355-7972).
- Parents are required to sign their student out when they leave school. Please make sure to have your photo ID