White County School System
Attendance Procedures—Grades K—12
Punctual and regular attendance is important and expected. Regular attend-ance in school is the joint responsibility of the student and his/her parent(s)/guardian(s). While the following procedures indicate the required contacts on behalf of the school, the Principal or his/her designee may at his/her discretion, contact parents/guardians by phone, mail, or in person, at any time school
attendance is a concern.
_At the beginning of the school year, a letter from the principal and a copy of the at-tendance procedures shall be sent home with each student for parent to sign and return.
_When a student is absent from school (excused or unexcused), the school will con-tact the parent(s)/guardian(s) by phone.
_When a student has 5 unexcused absences, the school will contact the parent/guardian by letter to notify them of the law, attendance procedures, and possible consequences and penalties of absences. As the law instructs, after 2 reasonable attempts have been made to contact the parent/guardian with no response, a letter will be sent via certified return receipt mail. The school will keep documentation of attempts and contacts.
_When a student has 7 unexcused absences, an Attendance Support Team (AST) meeting may be requested. An AST meeting will be held at the discretion of the prin-cipal and will involve at least one school personnel and the school social worker. The parent(s)/guardian(s) and student (ages 10 and older) may be asked to sign an attendance contract.
_The school and the school social worker will continue to monitor the student’s at-tendance. When the student reaches 10 or more unexcused absences, the school social worker may file a complaint with the appropriate court after discussion with the principal.
_Prior to a truancy referral to the appropriate court, the parent/guardian will be noti-fied by the school social worker by certified mail.
Additional consequences for Grades 9-12:
When a student has 8 absences (excused or unexcused) in one semester in a course that is on the block schedule, then credit for the class may be denied. The student may have to repeat the course.
I HAVE READ THE ABOVE AND RECEIVED A COPY OF THESE PROCEDURES AT THE ENROLL-MENT OF THE STUDENT.
Student’s Name: ___________________________________________________________
Parent Signature Date
Copied and given to parent on: _________________ By: _______________________
WCSS REG. Form #39 Rev. 5/15