Carroll Middle School Attendance Policies and Procedures
Welcome back to a new school year! We hope this will be an exciting year offering all of you many new learning opportunities and experiences. We at Carroll believe consistent daily school attendance is at the core of academic success. In helping our students and families to best achieve these successes, we would like to review important Carroll Middle School and WCPSS School Board policies which apply to attendance issues. For a complete listing of the School Board Attendance Policies, please refer to the WCPSS website and follow the School Board link to the 6000 policies (Student Services).
Ten Day Letters for Unexcused Absences
Any student who has 6 unexcused absences anytime during the school year will receive a letter from our principal informing parents/guardians of the absences. This letter will state the North Carolina State Law that requires Compulsory School attendance up to age 16 years.
Prior Approval for Educational Leave and Make up Work
In order to request Educational Leave, an ”Excused Absence for Educational Reasons” form must be completed by the student’s parent/guardian and turned into the front office two weeks prior to the student’s departure from school. Mrs. Stanley, our front desk leader of customer service, will provide you with a form and will also take all completed forms which will be reviewed by the principal. Per School Board Policy, it is the student’s responsibility to get the school work they will miss while away from school prior to their absence. The make- up work must be turned in to the teacher either the day before they leave or the day they return. Also a report describing the student’s educational experience is due on the day the student returns to school from the trip.
Make-Up Work for Absences
When lengthy absences are anticipated students who are absent should have their parents email their teachers, to secure make-up work. All work will be gathered within 24 hours of the parent’s request.
Per board policy 6000 School work will be made up for excused absences under the following conditions:
1. If the absence is approved in advance and/or if the work is assigned by the teacher in advance, all make-up work, including tests assigned for the day of return, is due upon the student's return to school. Teachers should use discretion and may make exceptions in the case of students whose excused absences were not planned in advance, were beyond the student’s control, and the nature of which would not support make-up work the day of return (e.g., death in the immediate family, serious illness).
2.If the make-up work has not been assigned in advance, for absences of one (1) to three (3) days, the student will have one day for each day absent.For absences exceeding three (3) days, the student may have two (2) days for each day absent to make up work. Special consideration should be given in the case of extended absences due to injury or chronic illness.
3. The student is responsible for securing make-up work at the secondary level. At the elementary level, the teacher is responsible for assigning make-up work.
Notes for Excused Absences
Absences not listed under the 6000.3 section of the WCPSS School Board Policy will be considered unexcused. The student is responsible for submitting a note, signed by the parent, citing the reason for an absence to their homeroom teacher on the day the student returns. The student has up to two days following an absence that is to be considered excused to submit the note. Failure to comply with this policy will result in the absence being unexcused.
Early Release Attendance
In order for a student to be counted present for an Early Release day, the student must attend the full school day. Leaving early any time on the day of an Early Release School Day will not count toward a day present.
Tardy Policy: School Board Policy 6000.2 - A student shall be seated at his/her assigned duty station for work at the time appointed for the school day or class to begin or be recorded as tardy for the day or class.
Students arriving at school after 7:30 a.m. are to report immediately to the Guidance office to check in. If they arrive during first period it is the teacher’s responsibility to code them with an excused or unexcused tardy.
Missed bus, car pool late, etc.
Locker or Bathroom trips (without teacher permission)