Students are expected to be present and punctual for all classes throughout the year. When a student returns to school following an absence, parents/guardians or physician should send a note to the classroom teacher stating the reason for the absence within 3 days. If the student fails to bring a note, the absence will be marked unexcused. According to NC state statute, parents will be sent a letter when a student has three, six, and ten UNEXCUSED absences. If a student has more than ten total absences, a conference may be required with the school attendance committee. Office personnel, guidance counselors, the school social worker, or teachers will call parents when there are questions or concerns about a student’s absences. Students and their parents are responsible for knowing the attendance policy.
Regular attendance is essential to a student’s success in school. Most subjects are taught in sequence requiring the understanding of each concept in the order of its presentation. Persistent absenteeism creates a genuine hardship for a student and is regarded as a very serious problem.
When a student arrives on the school grounds, he/she should report immediately to their designated area. When reporting to school late, a parent/guardian should accompany the student to the office to check in. Once a student has arrived on the school campus, he/she may not leave the grounds without parental permission and permission from the principal or assistant principal.
Parents/legal guardians checking students out early must do so at the main office. The secretary/receptionist will assist parents/legal guardians in signing students out of school. Written permission is necessary for anyone other than parents/legal guardians to check out a student. Students checking out early, with someone other than parents/legal guardians, should bring a note to the office first thing in the morning, so the secretary/receptionist may verify any and all checkouts with the parents/legal guardians. A photo I.D. may be required. School starts each day at 7:50 a.m. and ends at 3:05 p.m. Checking a student out in the lobby area is not allowed after the 3:05 dismissal bell. Once the dismissal bell has rung students will need to be picked up using the car line or PM walk-up procedures.
The following list of circumstances is the only lawful reasons for school absence. The Wilkes County Board of Education shall excuse the temporary absence of a student upon showing of satisfactory evidence of one of the following bases:
(Refer to WCS Attendance Policy) A student must be present at least ½ of the instructional day to be counted present. The importance of prompt and regular attendance cannot be too greatly emphasized. A good attendance record is related to high student achievement.
Tardies are disruptive to the instructional day. A student is tardy if he/she is not in the classroom, seated and ready to begin morning work by school start time, which is 7:50 AM. Tardies are noted on your child’s record. Each instance when a student is late to school or checks out of school early, whether the student returns to school or not, is counted as a tardy. Three (3) unexcused tardies shall constitute one unexcused absence. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to get the student to school on time and to make sure that he/she is not tardy.