• Attendance Policies and Laws

    General Statute for NC Law on Attendance

    Johnston County Schools Board Policy on Attendance

    Johnston County Schools Board Policy on Attendance Requirements for Athletics


    “Spotlight on Attendance”

    • If your child is absent, please send a written note from the parent/guardian or doctor with the child’s first/last name, reason for absence(s), date of absence(s), and teacher’s name on the day that they return to school.

    • Medical notes should be provided if your child went to the doctor. Not having a note will result in unexcused absences.

    • All Educational Trips must be approved 5 days in advance by requesting and completing a form from the office. Approval must be given by the principal. If it is not approved in advance the absence(s) will be unexcused.

    • Students are expected to remain in school the entire instructional day. Please limit tardiness and early dismissals as they will be excused for emergencies only.

    • If students are tardy, a parent must sign the student in on the Tardy Log in the office. Students must give their teacher a Tardy Slip before entering the class. Do not drop your child off and leave.

    • Excused Absences include:
      • Illness or Injury of the child (unless these are in excess)
      • Quarantine by the Health Department*
      • Death in the Immediate family*
      • Medical or Dental Appointment
      • Court or Administrative Proceedings for which the student is required to be present*
      • Religious Observance*
      • Educational Opportunity that is preapproved*
        *will require additional documentation

    • Unexcused Absences include:
      • Any reason other than those listed under Excused Absences above including such things as babysitting, car problems, out of town, weather, missing the bus, oversleeping, mom was sick, etc.

    • You can call the school to check on your child’s attendance and what absences have been coded, but you now also have the option to check online via the Parent Portal. If you have not already received your access code for this, you can go to your child’s school to request it.

    • If your child accumulates 10 or more unexcused absences, the parent/guardian can be required to go before TIP and/or go to court. Please review TIP(Truancy Intervention Partnership) and the N.C. Compulsory School Attendance Law (G.S.-115C-378) which can be found on the Johnston County School website, your child’s school website or call the school to request the information.

     Please help us to help your child be successful in school by attending school regularly, being on time and by limiting early dismissals.



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