• When a student is absent from school, a note explaining the absence must be sent to the teacher by the parent/guardian within three days of the absence.  The note should contain the date of the absence, the specific reason for the absence, and the signature of the parent/guardian.  
  • Personal illness, illness of a member of the immediate family, family death, or a religious observance are criteria for excused absences.  Other absences or tardies will be classified as either excused or unexcused as determined by the Principal using School Board policy. 
  • When a teacher does not receive a note within three days after the student’s return, the absence will be marked unexcused.  When three unexcused absences have accumulated, NC State law requires the school to notify the school social worker and send a letter to the parents outlining the attendance policies and requirements of the Department of Public Instruction.

Educational Opportunity:

            - Students are permitted to request up to five days of excused absences for an educational opportunity.  A typical educational opportunity is a family trip         

             where the student can complete educational extension  assignments (journals, presentations, etc.) focused on the area they visit.  

                      An educational opportunity will NOT be granted if the following criteria is not met:

                               Student needs to turn in the pre-approval form before the trip

                               Student must have a C average or better in every class. 

                               Student can not have excessive absences  during the year.  Any student with 7 or more absences will NOT be granted an educational opportunity.


  • A student staying home on the day of a field trip will be counted absent.  
  • If a student is going to miss school for a family vacation, this absence needs to be pre-approved by the Principal.  Failure to secure this approval could result in an unexcused absence.