• Attendance Policies and Procedures

      
    The State of North Carolina specifies that a student must be present 91% of all class meetings in order to receive credit for a course during any grading period. Therefore, students may not have class absences, (excused or unexcused) exceeding 4 days per quarter, 8 days per semester, or 16 days per year in order to receive credit for the particular course.

    A student who misses more than the allowable number of days in a class each grading period will receive a grade no higher than 69 for that grading period in that class. The principal may waive the 91% requirement in extremely unusual circumstances. Students being considered for waiver must be able to account for all days missed during the grading period with legitimate (i.e. doctor, lawyer, etc.) notes. Students must be in regular attendance to do their best work. We encourage our students to attend school regularly. 

    When students are absent they must bring a note from their parent/guardian explaining the reason for their absence. The note needs to contain the child's first and last name along with the date and reason for the absence. If the student has a doctor's appointment a note from the doctor should be returned to school when the student returns. Students must turn in their note to their homeroom teacher. Students without notes are marked unexcused.
     
    In the state of North Carolina the only valid/lawful excuses for absences are:

    1. Illness or injury
    2. Quarantine
    3. Death in the immediate family
    4. Medical or dental appointment (bring doctor's note)
    5. Court proceedings (bring note from clerk of court)
    6. Religious observances (prior approval of principal)
    7. Educational opportunity (prior approval of principal)
     
    Spotlight on Attendance"
     
    October- If your child is absent please send a written note from the parent/guardian or doctor with child's first/last name, reason for absence(s), date of absence(s), and teacher's name the day they return to school. Medical notes should be provided if your child went to the doctor. No note will result in unexcused absences. Please check Parent Portal and/or call the school periodically and speak with someone to check on the status of your child's attendance and provide notes for absences if needed.
     
    November- All Educational Trips must be approved 5 days in advance by requesting form from the office. Approval must be given by the principal. If it is not approved in advance the absences will be unexcused.
     
    December-  If your child is absent please send a written note from the parent/guardian or doctor with child's first/last name, reason for absence(s), date of absence(s), and teacher's name the day they return to school. Medical note should be provided if your child went to the doctor. No note will result in unexcused absences. Please check Parent Portal and/or call the school periodically and speak with someone to check on the status of your child's attendance and provide notes for absences if needed.
     
    January-  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.
     
     
    February-If your child is absent please send a written note from the parent/guardian or doctor with child's first/last name, reason for absence(s), date of absence(s), and teacher's name the day they return to school. Medical notes should be provided if your child went to the doctor. No note will result in unexcused absences. Please check Parent Portal and/or call the school periodically and speak with someone to check on the status of your child's attendance and provide notes for absences if needed.
     
     
    March-  If absences from cIass exceed four per nine weeks, eight per semester or sixteen per year, grades can be affected, regardless of the reasons for the absences per the JCS Board Policy 4110. Also if your child accumulates 10 or more unexcused absences, the parent/guardian maybe required to go to court. Please review 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.
     
     
     April/ May- If your child is absent please send a written note from the parent/guardian or doctor with child's first/last name, reason for absence(s), date of absence(s), and teacher's name the day they return to school. Medical note should be provided if your child went to the doctor. No note will result in unexcused absence. Please check Parent Portal and/or call the school periodically and speak with someone to check on the status of your child's attendance and provide notes for absences if needed.