School Absence Policy
Greenville County Schools follow SC state law regarding school attendance.
Parents have a legal responsibility to send their children to school.
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.
On a 4X4 schedule students absences must not exceed 5 days.
Refer to District policy JBD for a full explanation.
Any absence should be explained in a written note from the parents or a doctor upon the student’s return to school. Upon returning to school, the student should report immediately to the attendance office with his/her parent/doctor’s note.
All notes should include the date of the student’s absence and the reason for the absence.
The note must be signed by the parent/guardian.
It is the student’s responsibility and that of his/her parents to be very aware of the Absence Policy and the great risk of losing credit due to excessive absences.
A written excuse for a student’s absence must be turned in within two (2) days of the student’s return to school. An excuse should include the reason for and the date of the absence. If a student does not have an excuse, the absence(s) will be coded as either unverified or unexcused. Only 5 parent notes per semester will be counted.
A student must be in attendance for half the class period to be counted present for that class.
Leaving school without an arranged early dismissal (lawful) will be considered unauthorized, and the student will be subject to disciplinary action.
These are the methods of sending in notes for your student to the attendance office:
Submit a note using Absence Note Form, for your student’s absence.
Email a scanned medical note or parent’s note to firstname.lastname@example.org or upload a photo of your note using the WHHS Dr Note Form
Fax a note to 864-355-9595.
Early dismissal notes must be scanned to my email or faxed in by 930AM.
We will not be doing hard copies brought into attendance due to the circumstances involving Covid-19 this year.
Tardy Policy— A Tardy consists of any time a student is late for class. A student who arrives late to school or class is tardy. At WHHS, all teachers will close their doors to begin instruction when the 8:45 bell rings. Any student who is tardy to school after 8:45AM must go to the attendance office to obtain a pass. The attendance office will record any tardies for the 1st block. If a student does not attend at least half of any class, the student will be counted absent. Students will be allowed three (3) tardies. On the 4th and 5th tardies students will be assigned detention by the teacher (including 1st block tardies). Teachers will write a referral on the 6th tardy and any tardy beyond 6. All tardies beyond the 7th MAY result in suspension from school. The following are acceptable as “excused tardy”:
Medical appointment (must have a note from doctor)
Court appearance (must have a note from court)
Late bus (must have a note from the attendance office)
A signed agenda from administration, guidance, SRO, or mental health staff.
The Administration reserves the right to revoke parking passes if tardies become excessive.
TA student, ages 6 to 17 years, is considered truant when the child has three (3) consecutive unlawful absences or a total of five (5) unlawful absences. The term “unlawful absence” shall refer to any absence without a written excuse, or any parent note after the five (5) per semester allowed.
EStudents cannot leave class or school without parent/guardian permission verified by office. Students who leave school early must do so through office or health room. Leaving school without an early dismissal yellow slip will be considered an unauthorized school exit. No early dismissals are issued during any testing time.
Parents must come into school to sign-out a student for an unplanned early dismissal. To ensure the safety of our students, we do not accept telephone calls for early dismissals. Parents will be asked to present a photo ID to sign-out their student.
Students who become ill at school must be dismissed by the nurse in the health room. This procedure allows us to track any viruses or illnesses that may affect other students. The school nurse will contact the parent/guardian of the student.
Requirements for having Medication at School
* All medication must be brought to the Health room by a parent. Students should never have medication of any kind in their possession.
* Medication should be in the original container.
* Parent forms must be filled out and signed for all medication.
* A physician authorization form must be filled out for all prescription medications, as well as parent consent.
* No controlled pain medications will be given through the school health room.
* All inhalers require a physician’s authorization and the physician must authorize permission for the student to carry the inhaler.
* If you have questions or concerns, please contact the school nurse at 355-0107.
Cell phones are allowed in hallways during class change, but are not allowed in the classroom, except with the permission of the teacher.
BFor the purpose of the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Policy, the word “devices” will include laptops, notebooks, chrome books, smart phones, iPads, tablets and e-Readers. Please note that Nintendo DS (and/or gaming devices with internet access) is not permissible.
Wade Hampton High School uses instructional technology as one way of enhancing our mission to teach the skills, knowledge and behaviors students will need as responsible citizens in the global community. Students learn collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking in a variety of ways throughout the school day. In an effort to increase access to those 21st Century skills, WHHS will allow personal technology devices on school grounds for students who follow the responsibilities stated in the Acceptable Use Policy and the Guidelines regarding BYOD/
SStudents and parents/guardians participating in BYOD must adhere to the Student Code of Conduct, the Student Handbook, the Acceptable Use Policy, and all Board Policies.
Teachers will follow the school rules and provide direction to allow and regulate the use of personal devices in the classroom and on specific projects.
Approved devices must be in silent mode unless otherwise allowed by teacher.
Devices may not be used to cheat on assignments, quizzes, or tests, or for non-instructional purposes (such as making phone calls and text messaging).
Students may not use devices to record, transmit, or post photographic images or video of a person or persons on campus during school hours or during school activities, unless otherwise allowed by a teacher.
No student will be allowed to use their own device without submitting a waiver signed by both themselves and their parent/guardian.
About the WHHS Parent-Teacher-Student Association
Wade Hampton High School is a 9th through 12th grade high school located just outside of the City of Greenville, South Carolina on Pine Knoll Drive off the well known Wade Hampton Blvd. The Wade Hampton Family is know as “The Generals”, our slogan is “Leading like Generals” and our motto is “Cum Audacia” meaning “with audacity”! Our PTSA supports the Wade Hampton High mission to EDUCATE, INSPIRE, EMPOWER.
A1. Our Vision…
Making every child’s potential a reality.
Our Mission is…
A powerful voice for all children,
A relevant resource for families and communities, and
A strong advocate for the education and well-being of every child.
Collaboration: We work in partnership with a wide array of individuals and organizations to accomplish our agreed-upon goals.
Commitment: We are dedicated to promoting children’s health, well-being, and educational success through strong parent, family, and community involvement.
Accountability: We acknowledge our obligations. We deliver on our promises.
Respect: We value our colleagues and ourselves. We expect the same high quality of effort and thought from ourselves as we do from others.
Inclusivity: We invite the stranger and welcome the newcomer. We value and seek input from as wide a spectrum of viewpoints and experiences as possible.
Integrity: We act consistently with our beliefs. When we err, we acknowledge the mistake and seek to make amends.
To promote the welfare of children and youth in the home, school, community and place of worship;
To raise the standards of home life;
To secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth;
To bring into closer relation the home and the school, that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the education of the children and youth;
To develop between educators and the general public such united efforts as will secure for all children and youth the highest advantages in physical, mental, social and spiritual education.
MHelp make Wade Hampton High the best high school in South Carolina! PTSA takes great pride in our children and school. Joining our PTSA increases your involvement with Wade Hampton. Being a member plays a vital role in the education and future of our students. Your membership grants you a vote on vital funding decisions and programs. Our membership is important to insure the Wade Hampton students are eligible for awards, grants and to participate in annual contests.
PTSA supports Wade Hampton in many significant ways, including:
• Grants for classroom materials, equipment, books, etc.
• Educational programs, including health and safety, blood drives
• Eastside Week events benefiting area charities
• Boys’ State and Girls’ State sponsorships
• School beautification and improvement projects
• Operation of the Generals’ School Store
• Appreciation events for teachers and staff
100% of our Faculty is a PTSA member! Their membership demonstrates teacher/staff commitment to Wade Hampton High.
Membership dues are $5.00 a person. A portion of the dues is sent onto the local, state and national PTSA. The remaining membership funds will be used for our on-going programs.
Click here PTA Membership Form to download the form. This form may returned, along with your payment, to the Wade Hampton High School Main Office.
You may also mail this form and your check made payable to Wade Hampton High School PTSA to:
Wade Hampton High School
100 Pine Knoll Drive
Greenville, SC 29609