Academic Attendance Requirements
The Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education considers a student’s involvement in class participation as essential to a student’s educational success and ultimately their graduation from high school. Research shows that students who regularly attend school make better grades and are more successful.
In the state of North Carolina, the Compulsory Attendance Law-Chapter 115C of the General Statutes of North Carolina, Article 25, Part 1, 115c-378, states the following:
“Every parent, guardian, or other person in this State having charge or control of a child between the ages of seven(7) and sixteen(16) years shall cause such child to attend school continuously for a period equal to the time which the public school to which the child is assigned shall be in session. Every parent, guardian, or other person in this state having charge or control of under ages seven who isn enrolled in a public school in grades kindergarten through two shall also cause such child to attend school continuously for a period equal to time which the public school to which the child is assigned shall be in session unless the child has withdrawn from school. No person shall encourage, entice, or counsel any such child to be unlawfully absent from school.”
Regular school attendance is necessary in order for students to receive adequate guidance through their classwork and benefit from collaborative discussions. All students are expected to attend class for the entire day, every day, when class is in session. The progress of a student at school depends greatly on the punctuality and regularity of attendance. The following are recognized by the state of North Carolina and shall constitute lawful or valid reasons for the temporary absences of a student.
- Illness or injury – document with a doctor’s note whenever possible.
- Isolation ordered by the State Board of Education.
- Death in the family.
- Medical or dental appointment: schedule after school if possible.
- Court or administrative proceedings where the student’s presence is required by the court.
- Religious observances.
- Educational opportunity: secure permission in advance.
Note: A student who is suspended from school is lawfully absent.
North Carolina General Statute (GS115C-378) requires that “the parent, guardian, or custodian of a child shall notify the school for the reason of each known absence of the child, in accordance with local school policy”. Absences due to extended illnesses may also require a statement from a physician.