Attendance Policy


    Student Attendance

    Attendance in school is central to educational achievement and school success. School
    attendance is required by state law for all children between the ages of seven (7) and sixteen (16).
    Parents must ensure that students attend and remain in school daily.
    The principal must assure adherence to attendance rules and regulations and notify parents of
    their responsibility under the compulsory attendance law. The teacher must monitor and report
    student absences on a daily and class basis and follow all rules and regulations concerning attendance.



    To be counted present:

    1) On-site Instruction Days

    To be counted present during on-site instruction days a student must attend each class period. This shall include attendance at official school activities at a place other than school with the approval of the principal. 

    If the student arrives late to a class, the student will be marked tardy in that class. 

    2) Remote Instruction Days

    To be counted present during remote instruction days, either of the following two statements must be true:

    a. student completes their daily assignments, either online or offline; and/or a student is present in synchronous (live, real-time) instruction.

    b. student has a daily check-in or a two-way communication in a manner acceptable to the school with the appropriate teacher(s) as follows:

    Attendance will be taken by each course teacher as listed on a student’s schedule.

    A student’s failure to log into a particular online program or lesson on a given remote instruction day shall not be grounds to mark the student absent for the day so long as the student meets one of the other attendance requirements described above. 

    A teacher may subsequently change a student’s attendance status from absent to present based on evidence of student engagement submitted on a later date.

    An absence is excused if the following conditions exist:

    A. Illness or injury which makes the student physically unable to attend school.  

    B. Isolation ordered by the State Board of Health or the Wake County Health Department.

    C. Death in family.

    D. Medical, dental, or other appointment with a health care provider for the student or for a child for whom the student is a custodial parent.

    E. Court when a student is under subpoena.

    F. Religious observance, as suggested by the religion of the student or the student's parents.

    G. Participation in a valid educational opportunity, such as travel with prior approval, as documented on the "Request for Excused Absence for Educational Reasons."

    H. A catastrophic event or natural disaster.

    Absences not classified as excused as delineated above are unexcused.

    The student is responsible for submitting a note signed by the parent citing the reason for an absence to the principal's designee within two (2) days of the student's return to school. Failure to comply with the above will result in the absence being unexcused.

    Parent Notification:

    The principal’s designee will notify parents when a student has accumulated the following absences from individual classes at 3 days, 5 days, and 7 days and 10 day intervals.

    Make Up Work:

    Excessive absences will have serious academic consequences and may result in class or grade level failure.

    For all absences, the student shall make up all work in a timely manner at the convenience of the 
    The make-up work may be specific material missed by the student, reinforcement, or enrichment.
    Absences are considered excessive when students exceed 7 days per semester. Excessive absences place students in academic risk for failing their classes.
    Students must demonstrate mastery of class skills and objectives based on the teacher’s evaluation using the following criteria:

    1.) Knowledge of the curriculum of the class as defined by the North CarolinaStandard Course of Study.

    2.) Prompt and successful completion of coursework the student missed while absent. This may include after-school or lunch time study session with a teacher.

    **Students who skip or otherwise fail to attend all scheduled classes regularly are subject to immediate disciplinary action.**
    The comprehensive FVHS attendance policy and procedures can be found on pages 5-11 in the student handbook. (English Version, Spanish Version)