•  Guidelines for Attendance

    The Education Improvement Act of 1984 makes regular school attendance compulsory for all
    children, ages 5 to 16, inclusive. A child may be exempt from kindergarten only if the
    parent/guardian files the “Form to Elect Non Attendance in Compulsory Kindergarten” with the
    school in his/her attendance area.

    The law requires that school officials immediately intervene when a student has 3
    consecutive unlawful absences or 5 total unlawful absences.

    What are Excused Absences?

    1) Absences due to illness accompanied by a doctor’s note.

    2) Absences due to illness accompanied by a parent’s note. Each student is allowed up to five parent
    notes per school year. Parent notes can only be used for sickness of student, sickness of
    parent/guardian not allowing transportation of student to school or family emergency.

    ***Parent notes CAN NOT be used for vacations or day trips out of town. This is a change mandated
    by the SC State Department of Education.

    3) Absences due to death in immediate family. Must be accompanied by a copy of the obituary to be
    considered a bereavement day.

    4) Absences due to illness, suspension, or any other reason the child may be sent home by school


    What are Unexcused/Unlawful Absences?

    1) Absences not accompanied by a doctor’s note.

    2) Absences not accompanied by a parent’s note (limit 5 per year).

    3) Absences from school without the knowledge of their parents.

    Very Important: A truancy conference will be required if there are 3 or more
    consecutive unexcused absences or 5 or more total unexcused absences. This
    will require a parent or legal guardian to meet with a team of school officials to
    set up an Intervention Plan to improve attendance.