Attendance Information

Coming to school every day is important because.......

 
  • Your child will feel more a part of the school, as s/he will know what is going on in their classes, clubs, and with their friends.
  • Your child will be more likely to succeed academically, as they will be here to benefit from classroom instruction.
  • Your child will develop an excellent work ethic.
  • Your child will develop more confidence in themselves and their ability to manage their world. 
 
Please send your child to school every day unless they are truly too ill to attend (eg. running a fever over 100; throwing up; have an unidentified rash)  If your child has a chronic medical condition, please make sure the school knows that.
 
Attendance Summer School  
Children who accumulate 15 or more absences may be required to participate in attendance summer school.  Excused absences, unexcused absences, tardies, and early dismissals are counted.  We understand that absences are unavoidable, but please do not assume that "children have 14 days they can miss during the school year."
 
Being Tardy to School or Leaving School Early
Tardies and early dismissals are recorded.  At the end of the school year, tardies and early dismissals will be considered when determining which students are referred to Attendance Summer School.  
 
Parents are required to send notes to teachers when the student returns to school after being absent.  Teachers are responsible for coding absences as excused or unexcused in our computer system.  Occasionally, teachers do not receive parent notes.  It may be helpful for parents to contact their child's teacher to discuss the best method for communicating and ensuring that the teacher receives parent notes.  
 
Making doctor & dental appointments after school or on non-school days is preferred; however, when this isn't possible, an afternoon appointment will allow your child to miss less school than a morning appointment.  Parents are encouraged to obtain a doctor's note when a child has an appointment during the school day.  Doctor's notes MUST sate the date the child was seen and the date the child may return to school.
 
Remember that, according to Buncombe County Board Policy...
 
  • An individual attendance plan will be developed for every student who accumulates 6 or more unexcused absences.  The plans will address ways in which families can avoid referral to the court system for truancy.  If your child accumulates 6 unexcused absences, our school social worker will contact you to develop this plan. Parents can be charged for failing to comply with the NC Compulsory Attendance Law if the child has 10 or more unexcused absences.  A child's past attendance history can impact the decision of whether or not charges are filed.  It is critical that parents participate in this conference with the school social worker and principal if their child has 6 or more unexcused absences.  At the conference, parents will meet to: 
      • Discuss reasons for the child's absences
      • Review the BCS Attendance Policy and the NC Compulsory Attendance Law
      • Review notes the parent has sent to school
      • Review the child's attendance record and make corrections if needed
      • Develop a plan for improving the child's attendance and documenting absences
      • Assess child and family needs
      • Utilize the school social worker's knowledge of resources / supports that are available to the family and child 

 
 

Mrs. Shannon Boyd, our School Social Worker (SSW),  is available to provide support to parents, students, teachers and other school staff.  Monitoring attendance is one of the many tasks the she performs.  She can help advocate for services for students and families.  She can assist with evaluating student and family needs in and outside of the school setting.  Mrs. Boyd is familiar with community resources and can help make referrals.  She works in the school setting, conducts home visits, attends community meetings and works in collaboration with other service agencies in  Buncombe   County .

 

Mrs. Boyd can be one of your best advocates in court.  The SSW, parents, teachers, and principals must all work together to positively impact the outcome of the parent’s court case.  Mrs. Boyd can help document positive achievements parents have made to improve a child’s attendance record.  She is expected to provide the judge with a summary of a child’s attendance record, share information regarding the parent’s involvement in school activities, report on the parent’s efforts to work with the school staff, and record the parent’s efforts improve their child’s attendance.   

 If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact Mrs. Shannon Boyd at (828)255-5757 or you can reach her by email at shannon.boyd@bcsemail.org