Attendance Letter Attachment
The Johnston County Board of Education Attendance Policy states all students must be present for minimum of 91% of all class meetings to receive credit for a course during any grading period. That is, if absences from class exceed four per nine weeks, eight per semester, or 16 per year, the maximum grade a student may receive for the grading period is F or 69.
Note also the following:
1. Two unexcused tardies to a class constitutes an absence to that class.
2. Students who participate in school related activities away from school are counted present.
3. The principal may waiver the 91% requirement in extremely unusual circumstances.
4. The principal’s decision may be appealed to the Superintendent and Board of Education.
The North Carolina Compulsory School Attendance Law (G.S. 115C-378) contains the following requirements:
* The parents, guardian, or custodian of a child shall notify the school of the reason for each known absence of the child in accordance with local board policy. Johnston County School Board Policy requires that a parent furnish a note signed by the parent stating the reason for all absences and tardiness.
* Every parent, guardian, or custodian in this State having charge or control of a child under age seven who is enrolled in public school in grades kindergarten through two shall cause such child to attend school continuously unless the child is withdrawn from school. (See Note below)
* Every parent, guardian, or custodian in this State having charge or control of a child between the ages of seven and 16 years shall cause such child to attend school continuously. (See Note below)
* The Principal is required to investigate any report of a student who has 10 accumulated unexcused absences. If the principal believes that the parent /guardian/custodian has not made a good-faith effort to have the child attend school, the principal shall notify the District Attorney and the Director of Johnston County Social Services.
NOTE: Legal action may be started against you if your child accumulates 10 unexcused absences. If you are found guilty in Court of failure to comply with the North Carolina Compulsory School Attendance Law, you may be fined, ordered to serve an active jail sentence and/or be sentenced to probation.
Revised: August 15, 2013