Students are expected to be at school each day unless they are sick or a family emergency arises. A written note explaining the absence is required within three days of the absence. Every day students miss school, they miss vital information. Please make every effort to have your child at school on time each day. If you have questions about your child's attendance or about our attendance policies, please contact our attendance clerk.
Florence School District One Elementary School Attendance Policy
Loss of Promotion: Students with too many absences from school may not be promoted, even if they have a passing grade.
Students are therefore limited to:
· Ten absences with a doctor’s excuse, and
· Ten absences of any other kind (including absences with a parent note, out-of-school suspensions, sign-outs, and unexcused absences).
Excuses: Written excuses, from either a parent or physician, are required for ALL absences, with the exception of sign-ins and sign-outs with the parent’s signature. Written excuses submitted more than three days after the student’s return to school will not be accepted.
Part-Day Absences: Elementary and intermediate school students who miss part of a day will be counted present for the day if they are in school at least four hours, and will be counted absent for the day if they are in school less than four hours. Students signed out before 11:50 or signed in after 10:10 will be counted absent.
Unexcused Absences: By state law, parents are responsible for ensuring that their children attend school regularly. Parents who do not send their children to school regularly can be taken before the Family Court and charged with violation of the Compulsory Attendance Law, which could result in a fine of $50 a day or 30 days in jail for every absence the child has.
Extended Illnesses: Students whose physicians certify that they are unable to attend school because of illness, accident, etc., may apply for homebound instruction. Approval for homebound instruction must be approved by district office personnel.
Appeals: Students who are passing their subjects but are not promoted due to absences may ask that their circumstances be reviewed at the end of the school year if their absences are due to extreme hardship or extenuating circumstances.
If you have questions concerning attendance, please contact our attendance clerk.