4400.2 Excused Absences - From Alamance-Burlington School Board Policy –
A child may be temporarily excused from attendance at school on account of sickness or other unavoidable cause which does not constitute unlawful absence as defined by the State Board of Education. The authority to excuse a student’s absence shall rest with principal or designee. The principal shall exercise his/her authority to excuse absences in a reasonable manner, keeping the best interest of the student in mind. Any absence not approved by the principal or his designee is an unexcused absence. All absences not classified as excused are deemed unexcused.
Acceptable reasons for excusing an absence include:
1. Illness or Injury
3. Death in the Immediate Family
4. Medical, Dental, or Other Health Care Provider appointments
5. Court or Administrative Proceedings
6. Religious Observances
7. Educational Opportunity
8. Local School Board Policy
9. Absence Related to Deployment Activities
4400.4 Excessive Absences - From Alamance-Burlington School Board Policy
In compliance with the compulsory attendance law (G.S. 115C-378), attendance letters are generated upon three (3), six (6), and ten (10) cumulative unexcused absences in a year. The Superintendent shall establish a consistent procedure at each grade level for referring students who receive attendance letters to the Student Services Team (SST). The SST will attempt to conduct student/parent conferences after six (6) and ten (10) cumulative unexcused absences, and will develop intervention plans designed to improve student attendance.
At the high school level, a student with more than ten (10) unexcused absences in a course during a semester shall not receive credit for the course regardless of the grade obtained, unless the student makes up the unexcused absences with the teacher or school designee. The SST will review the circumstances of the excessive absences and may award course credit if appropriate.