The attendance policy for the 2023- 2024 school year.
A child is allowed six (6) parent notes/ excused per year for sickness. These can be used at any time your child doesn't go to the doctor. Parent excuses can be used for full days or tardies.
Students will be limited to ten (10) days for doctor's excuses for the school year. When a child misses school due to illness or Dr. / Dentist appointments, make sure you send an excuse; parent note or Dr./ Dentist statement within five (5) days of returning to school. Notes turned in after five (5) days will not be accepted.
A child is considered tardy when he/ she gets to school after 8:10 AM and leaves school before 3:05 PM.
A student is considered a habitual truant when he/ she has more than six (6) un-excused events; tardies or full days.
If your child will be out of school for more than six (6) schooldays days due to surgery/ hospitalization, you need to have your child put on homebound before the surgery. The forms to apply for homebound services can be picked up in the school office. While on homebound, your child will NOT be considered absent.
Any student, including students between the ages of 18-21, who has been absent from school without valid excuse for three (3) or more times, whether it is for a partial day or full day, is a truant. Any child who has been reported as a truant two (2) or more times within one calendar year period is a habitual truant. Any student considered habitually truant (six or more unexcused absences or tardies) must be referred to the Director of Pupil Personnel, the District Truant Officer, and/or other applicable agencies as required or allowed by Kentucky Revised Statue, Board, and/or Council Policy. Truancy, by Kentucky Revised Statute, must be reported to Juvenile Services and/or other applicable agencies and the student and/or parents may be referred to court. The Principal/designee must notify parents or students with excessive absenteeism in a prompt and timely manner and school-parent conferences must be held to determine the causes of the absenteeism. Documentation of meetings/home visits shall be kept by the school.
Here are some suggestions to develop a positive attitude, productive school experiences and good attendance:
- Make sure your child gets enough rest. Your child needs at least 8 – 10 hours of sleep each night for optimum academic success, physical growth and resistance to disease. Stick to regular bedtimes!
- Have a happy departure each morning. Get up in time to have “talk-time” with your children and be cheerful and enthusiastic.
- Be positive. Avoid complaining and nagging, especially in the morning.
- Set attendance goals with your child and track your child's attendance on a calendar. Try offering small rewards for not missing any school, such as a later bedtime on the weekends.
- Stay in touch with your child and the teacher.
- In case of Illness. Be understanding when your child says he/ she is sick. When in doubt, check their temperature.
- Praise your child whenever you are pleased with their attendance and/ or schoolwork.
- Keep up the good work!!! Get off to the right start on the first day of each new school term.