SHS Attendance

If your student is absent from school, you DO NOT NEED TO CALL the attendance office. You may submit a parent note below or send a note in with your student when they return to school.

No Early Dismissals will be processed in person or via email after 3:00 PM.



Submitting a Note for Absence

Please send a note to this email

Include in your email:
Student Name
Student Grade
Date of absence(s)
Reason for absence(s)

If you have a medical/dental/legal document or other documentation, you may attach to this email or submit separately to

If a student provides a medical note on letterhead from a provider, the absence will not count against the student. If a parent sends in a note documenting illness, the student will be allowed to make up any missed classroom work but the absence will count against the student.


Early Dismissal Request

Please send a request to this email

Include in your email:
Student Name
Student Grade
Time of dismissal
Parent Name and contact number
If someone other than the parent 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.

When you submit your email request you will receive a confirmation email that contains the attendance office phone number. You will need to call and confirm the student's early dismissal.

Early Dismissal documentation will be digital. When the early dismissal is submitted digitally to the attendance office (by emailing from the parent, attendance will process and email both the student and teacher. The students can show email as their exit ticket for the dismissal.

If you would like to send in a handwritten note with your student for an early dismissal it must be turned into the attendance office by 8:45 am the day of the dismissal. Early dismissal requests sent via email (PREFFERD METHOD) should be emailed to by 10am the day of the dismissal. You will need to be available via phone to verify the dismissal.


Bell Schedule & Dismissal Times

Please attempt to schedule early dismissals during class changes to avoid class disruption.

**Note that there is no way to call students for dismissal during their lunch time!


Regular Schedule

1st Block 8:45 – 10:15 a.m.

2nd Block 10:20 - 11:55 a.m.

3rd Block 12:25 p.m. - 2:17 p.m.

1st Lunch 12:25 - 12:55 p.m.

2nd Lunch 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

3rd Lunch 1:45 - 2:17 p.m.

4th Block 2:22 - 3:45 p.m.


Advisory/SLT Schedule (Wednesdays ONLY)

1st Block 8:45 - 10:10 a.m.

Advisory or Structured Learning Time (SLT) 10:15 - 10:45 a.m.

2nd Block 10:50 - 12:20 p.m.

3rd Block 12:25 p.m. - 2:17 p.m.

4th Block 2:22 - 3:45 p.m.


College Visit Absences

When a Junior or Senior student has a college visit, they must submit documentation upon return. The documentation must be ON COLLEGE LETTERHEAD that includes the student's name and the date of the visit. College admissions offices may email the documentation to

Juniors and Seniors are allowed 3 days per year for college visits. If a student is not passing a class and or has more than 10 absences in a class, college visit status will not be granted.


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.

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.

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 DAYS MAY CAUSE THE STUDENT TO LOSE CREDIT FOR THE COURSE.

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 due to activities that are approved in advance by the principal


Truancy occurs when a student under 17 years of age has 6 or more ALL DAY UNEXCUSED absences. The attendance office will work with the student and parents to secure medical and parents notes. If notes are not secured, a conference with attendance will be required.


Seat Time Recovery Information

Click here for information about seat time.