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 certain course during a semester shall not receive credit for the course regardless of the grade obtained. The SST will review the circumstances of the excessive absences and may award course credit if appropriate.
4400.1 Tardiness A student shall be in his/her assigned area at the beginning of the school day and the beginning of each class or be recorded as tardy. A student who leaves school before the end of the school day, or who leaves class before the end of the class period, may be classified as tardy or absent depending upon the length of time missed. The Superintendent shall establish procedures to provide consistent consequences by grade level for excessive tardiness.