In an effort to insure that all of our students achieve their maximum potential within a comprehensive, nurturing, learning environment so that they may become caring responsible citizens, as well as lifelong learners; Regular attendance and arrival to school on time is essential.
The State guideline states that attendance supervisors are required by the SC Compulsory Attendance School Law (Section 59-65-10), to enforce the law; which states every child of school age must be enrolled and regularly attending school.
By law, a total of 5 unlawful absences may be referred to Family Court or appropriate authorities if a student has a history of poor attendance.
A child is deemed to be truant when the student has three consecutive unlawful absences or a total of five unlawful absences.
A child's absence from school may be considered Educational Neglect if the school has made efforts to bring this to the parent's awareness and was unsuccessful because of the parents refusal to cooperate (state statute 20-7-490(2))
Excused absences shall include the following:
Absences due to illness, injury, death in the family, or some other insurmountable condition.
Documented appointments with health care professionals.
Documented absence for religious instruction or a religious holiday.
Absence due to participation in an academic class approved by the principal.
Absence due to participation in athletic tournaments and playoff games.
Absence due to mechanical failure of the school bus.
Absence due to Court appearances (official documentation must be provided).
All other absences are considered unexcused. (JED-R)
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