Coming to school every day, ready to learn, is important for your student's success. And, it is required by state law for students between the ages of seven and sixteen years old.
For more information, review WCPSS Policy Code: 4400 Attendance.
Excused absences include:
- illness or injury
- a death in the family
- health care appointments
- court appearances
- religious observance
- natural disasters
- outside educational opportunities
You, the parent or guardian, must provide a note within two days of your student's return to school, or the absences will be recorded as unexcused. Your principal, SAP, or school counselor will notify you of three or more unexcused absences, and he/she will work with you and your student if absences become excessive.
All students who miss school MUST provide a copy of a note from the parent, doctor, dentist, court, etc. upon return. Any student that does not provide such verification to the Attendance Office will be counted as UNEXCUSED for the class period(s) missed. Excused notes should be received within 2 days of returning to school. Any note received after 2 days will not change the absence to excused.
Your student will need to make up all assignments missed, as scheduled by their teachers.
Excused Absences for Educational Opportunities
For outside educational opportunities, The Excused Absences for Educational Reasons Form must be completed in advance of the absence(s).
Check Out Process
In order for a parent to check out a student, the parent should report to the Attendance Office and provide a picture ID for the student to be released to the parent.If a parent wants another adult to pick up a student, the parent must contact the Attendance Office prior to the student being released.If a student driver needs to leave early for an appointment, the student must have a signed note from a parent.NOTE: No student check outs are permitted after 2:00 pm.