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Attendance Policies
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Monday, July 13, 2020

Grundy County School Board Attendance Policy

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Attendance: Getting your child to school on time, every day, unless they are sick, is something that you can do to ensure your child has a chance to succeed in school. While others can help, you are the bottom line. You can promote good attendance. The PowerSchool system is the easiest, most effective and most accurate source of keeping up with your student's attendance. If you need assistance accessing the PowerSchool system, reach out to your school's secretary. Contanct Attendance Supervisor Valerie Sitz Nunley at (931) 692-3467 if you have questions regarding attendance policies or expectations.

Managing Absences: 

  • Send a note or doctor's excuse to school when your child returns to school.
  • Excuses for absences must be received at the school no later than three (3) days after the student returns to school. This policy will be strictly enforced. All doctor's excuses and parent notes will be dated and signed by the school when received and parents are encouraged to request a copy of the dated excuse from the school office for their personal records.
  • All excuse notes must be sigend by the parent(s)/guardian(s). The note should clearly state the name of the student, the reason for absence, and a phone number so that the school official can confirm the excuse with the parent or guardian.
  • All excuses must be presented before school starts in the morning. Notes from professionals should clearly state the period of time the student was required to be absent from school and not simply that the student was seen in the office.
  • In the event the student has an excused absence, they will make up any class work or test missed on the day of the excused absence within three (3) days after returning to school. It is the student's responsibility to ask for the make up work. Example: student misses on Monday and returns to classes on Tuesday; make up work will be due on Friday.
  • No call in excuses will be permitted.
  • No faxed doctor/dentist excuses will be permited.
  • Absences accumulate from the beginning of school until the last day of school.

Unexcused Absence is defined as an absence without:

  • A doctor/dentla excuse signed by the doctor/dentist.
  • A parent note (3 parent notes are allowed per semester)

Please note: any work missed from an unexcused absence will be counted as zeros. Students will not be permitted to complete make up work due to unexcused absences.

Excused Absence is defined as:

  • Doctor/dental excuse (signed by the doctor/dentist)
  • A parent note (3 per semester) can be used to excuse a day, an early dismissal, or a tardy.
  • Notification of a death in the immediate family (parent/guardian or sibling), three (3) days.
  • Child with head lice, two (2) days.
  • All excuses must be turned in within three (3) days of returning to school.

Tardies or Early Dismissals:

  • Any combination of three (3) tardies or early checkouts will result in one (1) day of absence.

Once a student has been to court for Truancy, a petition to court will be filed after five (5) unexcused days.

Please refer to School Board Policy 6.200


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