Attendance

It is important that your child be in school every day. Regular attendance is essential to academic success, as students with good attendance generally achieve higher levels of learning than students with poor attendance. If a student misses more than 14 days during the school year, summer school or Saturday school may be required and may include a monetary fee.  Excessive absences will result in a petition for noncompliance with the compulsory attendance law being filed with the courts. See Buncombe County Schools Board Policy #4400 for more information.

On the day your child returns to school from an absence, a note written by the parent stating the reason for the absence should be given to the teacher. If a written note is not received by the 3rd day, the absence(s) will be coded unexcused. Excusing an absence that meets criteria of a lawful absence does not change the attendance record or negate the actual absence from school. 

Students are responsible for making up any work missed while absent. For extended absences, please notify the principal as soon as possible.  Students leaving school before or arriving after 11:15 a.m. will be marked as absent for the day. Please make every effort to schedule routine appointments after school hours. Any special circumstance must be discussed with the principal in advance for excused approval. 

All family trips / vacations will be coded unexcused. Letters informing parents of unexcused absences will be sent when a child reaches three and six unexcused absences. If ten unexcused absences are accumulated, a meeting will be scheduled through the parent and home-school coordinator. Excessive absences will result in a petition for noncompliance with the compulsory attendance law being filed with the courts. See Buncombe County Schools Board Policy #4400 for more information. 

Tardies:
Students are expected to be in their classroom ready to start the day at 7:45 a.m. Students arriving after 7:45 should be signed in by a parent or guardian in the office.