North Carolina requires that
every child in the State between the ages of 7 (or younger if enrolled) and 16 attend school.
To be counted present, a student must be in attendance at least one-half of the school day. A student must be in his or her assigned area at the beginning of the
school day and the beginning of each class or the student will be recorded as tardy. Attendance
records will be used to enforce the Compulsory Attendance Law of North Carolina.
When a student must miss school, a written excuse signed by a parent or guardian must be presented
to the student’s teacher within two days after the student returns from an absence. Absences
due to extended illnesses may also require a statement from a physician.
An absence may
be excused for any of the following reasons:
1. personal illness or injury that makes the student physically unable to attend school.
2. isolation ordered by the State Board of Health.
3. death in the immediate family.
4. medical or dental appointment.
5. participation under subpoena as a witness in a court proceeding.
6. a minimum of two days each academic year for observance of an event required or suggested
by the religion of the student or the student’s parent(s) with approval by the principal. The approval
of an absence of more than two cumulative days may be granted unless the religious observance
or the cumulative effect of religious observances is of such duration as to interfere with
the student’s educational program. The student will have the opportunity to make up any tests or
other work missed due to the excused absence for a religious observance.
7. participation in a valid educational opportunity, such as travel or service as a legislative or
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8. visitation with the student’s parent or legal guardian, at the discretion of the superintendent or
designee, if the parent or legal guardian (a) is an active duty member of the uniformed services
as defined by policy 4050, Children of Military Families, and (b) has been called to duty for, is
on leave from, or has immediately returned from deployment to a combat zone or combat support
In the case of excused absences, short-term out-of-school suspensions, and absences for the failure
to submit a school health assessment form within 30 days of entering school the student will be permitted to make up his or her work (See policy 4351 Short-Term Suspension & 4110 Immunization
and Health Requirements for School Admission), and the teacher will determine when
work is to be turned in.
Class attendance and participation are critical elements of the educational process and may be
taken into account in assessing academic achievement. Students are expected to be at school on
time and to be present at the scheduled starting time for each class. Students who are excessively
tardy to school or class may be suspended for up to two days for such offenses. A parent is responsible for remaining aware of the number of absences a student has accumulated.
At the conclusion of each nine-week grading period, a student’s report card will indicate
the number of absences.