Lexington City School System
(Based on Lexington City Schools Policy 6.200)
Attendance in school and participation in class are an integral part of academic achievement and the teaching-learning process. Regular attendance develops patterns of behavior essential to professional and personal success in life. Regular attendance by every student is mandated by the State of Tennessee’s compulsory attendance laws. Parents or legal guardians have the responsibility for ensuring that students attend and remain at school daily.
A. Attendance Standards
For reporting purposes, a student must attend school 50 percent of the school day in order to be counted as present for the entire day.
When a student must miss school, a written excuse signed by a parent or guardian must be presented to the teacher on the day returning after an absence. If the student does not present a note within three days, the absence will be coded as unexcused. Board policy provides that an absence may be coded as excused for the following reasons:
Extended illnesses may require a statement from a physician. Out-of-school suspensions will be counted as a lawful absence for attendance record-keeping purposes.
The following procedures will address excessive unexcused absences:
D. Excessive Absenteeism
Class attendance and participation are critical elements of the educational process and may be taken into account in assessing academic achievement and promotion. Students with excessive absences (excused or unexcused) may be required to attend before/after school sessions, intersession and/or summer school as determined by the principal. Administrators have the discretion to direct administrative actions (i.e. Parenting Classes for elementary students and Saturday School for middle school students). Failure to comply with assigned administrative actions may result in immediate referral to the LCSS Truancy Board.
E. School-Related Activities
All classroom activities are important and difficult, if not impossible, to replace if missed. It is the intention of the Board of Education that classes missed be kept to an absolute minimum through close scrutiny and a monitoring system on the part of the principal. School-related activities must be approved in advance by the principal. The following school-related activities will not be counted as absences from either class or school:
Assignments missed for these reasons will be completed by students. The teacher will determine when work is to be made up. The student is responsible for finding out what assignments are due and completing them within the specified time period.
F. Parent Notes
Students are allowed 5 parent notes per year to address up to 5 days of absences. Parent notes must explain the reason for the absence which must fall under the guidelines for excused absences and include the date(s) of the absence. It must be signed by the parent and returned by the student within 3 days of his/her return to school. After 5 days have been excused by parent notes, all other excuses will be determined based on valid documentation under the guidelines for excused absences as outlined by board.
A tardy is documented for any portion of the school day that a student is not in school such as late arrival to school (check-in) or leaving early from school (check-out). The amount of time lost due to a student being checked-in or checked-out will be documented as UNEXCUSED until either a parent note or excused category reason is turned in to the office. If the note is not presented within three days, the tardy/checkin/checkout will remain coded as unexcused.
Parents will be required to sign their child in each time they are late.
H. Excessive Tardies-Checkins/Checkouts
The following procedures will address excessive tardies-checkins/checkouts: