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It is important for students to attend school regularly and we trust that, you as parents, will impress upon your child the benefits of good school attendance. Students should strive to have 100% attendance.

The Education Improvement Act states ". . .that the district Board of Trustees or its designee shall promptly approve or disapprove any student absence in excess of ten days. . . ." As you can see, regardless of the reason for an absence, after ten (10) absences, each absence must be "promptly approved or disapproved by the Board of Trustees or its designee." Due consideration will be given to the reasons for absences. No student will be penalized for absences related to any legitimate health care.

If a student is ill, we want the student to remain at home. The rules were not developed to encourage or require students who are ill to attend school. If that happens, we will spread childhood diseases or viruses and have a larger number of absences than in the past.

When a student is ill, a note signed by the parent/guardian must accompany the student when he/she returns to school. If absences accumulate at a rate which could result in a student not receiving credit for a class/classes, the school may require that a note from a doctor be secured for future absences.

Please be assured that our concern is that we provide the maximum amount of time in school in order to better educate the students.

Students are expected to attend school each day school is in operation during the school year. Regular attendance and punctuality are necessary for the desired and expected academic and social progress to be made. The school year consists of 180 days for students and students are ex­pected to attend school each of these days.

There will be times when the student will be absent from school and these absences will be termed lawful or unlawful. In the elementary schools, students who accumulate eleven (11) unlawful absences will not be promoted.
Lawful absences shall include:

Students who are ill and whose attendance in school would endanger their health or the health of others may be temporarily excused from atten­dance.
Students in whose immediate family there is a serious illness or death.
Students may be excused from attendance in school for recognized religious holidays of their faith.
Students may be excused from attendance in school when emergency conditions exist. These are conditions that are usually not under the control of the parent or student that require the student to be absent from school. This type of absence must have the written approval of the principal and the superintendent.

Unlawful absences- Intervention procedure shall include, but not be limited to:

After a student has accumulated three (3) unlawful absences, a telephone or personal conference will be held with the parent and student by the attendance officer to identify reasons for the child's continued absence and to develop a plan to improve future attendance. The conference will accomplish the following:

identify reasons for absences;
identify methods to resolve the cause of absences;
identify actions to be taken in event absences continue.
The parent/guardian will sign the appropriate documentation for their conference or evidence will be filed that an attempt was made to involve parent/guardian. Failure of the parent to attend the conference without just cause will result in suspension until conference is complete.
After a student has accumulated five (5) unlawful absences, he/she will be re­ferred to the principal. The parent or legal guardian must attend any conferences or hearings held by the principal.
After a student has accumulated eight (8) unlawful absences, the student and the parent or legal guardian will be referred to the superintendent or his designee.
After a student has accumulated nine (9) unlawful absences, the student and parent or legal guardian will be referred to the Department of Juvenile Justice for legal action.
After a student has accumulated eleven (11) unlawful absences, he/she will be referred to the Board of Trustees. The parent or legal guardian must attend any meeting or hearings held by the Board of Trustees.


All absences from school shall be considered unlawful. In order for an absence from school to be considered lawful, the student must present a written excuse signed by the parent or guardian to the principal or his designee within five (5) school days of the absence. Failure to follow this procedure will result in a permanent unlawful absence record.

A valid excuse must list the dates of absence, the reason for the absence/absences and the telephone number and signature of the parent/guardian. All written excuses shall be strictly confidential. ­

Appointments with dentists, orthodontists, pediatricians, and physicians should be scheduled on a rotating basis so students will not be required to miss the same class for each appointment.

Students must make up all work that is missed due to an absence. All makeup work must be completed to the teacher's satisfaction. A student must be in attendance for four (4) hours in order to be counted present for the day.

It is important that students be on time for school each day. Principals and teachers encourage students to be on time for school and each class. All classwork missed due to tardiness or early dismissals must be made up to the teachers' satisfaction or the student will be given a zero (0) for the work missed. The tardy bell rings at 7:45 a.m. Students should be in their classroom and ready for school at this time. Teachers will deal directly with students and parents should tardiness be a problem. Any student arriving at school after 7:45 must report to the office to sign in and receive a pass to class. Parents are asked to accompany student to office and sign in. Parents are requested not to walk students to class after 7:45, since instruction has begun.
Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) Notice and Consent/Opt-Out for Activities
The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment requires District One Schools to notify you and allow you to opt your child’s information out of certain activities. Schools will treat each student’s education records as confidential and primarily for local school use. The exceptions to this rule are for directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released. Directory information can be provided to institutions of higher learning, military recruiters and outside organizations such as yearbook companies.
Directory information includes the following: name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, diploma or certificate and awards received, electronic mail address, photograph, grade level, most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student, other similar information.
In the event that any other data is collected for educational purposes, you will be notified and given the opportunity to opt out in your child’s inclusion. If you wish to opt out in your child’s inclusion you should notify the principal of your child’s school in writing.

Contact your local school guidance office to inspect and review their education records. Parents may seek amendment of inaccurate or misleading information in their education records. Parents or students who believe their rights under PPRA may have been violated may file a complaint with ED by writing the Family Policy Compliance Office. Complaints must contain specific allegations of fact giving reasonable cause to believe that a violation of PPRA occurred.
For additional information or technical assistance, you may call (202) 260-3887 (voice). Individuals who use TDD may call the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339. Or you may contact: Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20202-4605

Physical Address: 250 Fagan Avenue | Campobello, SC 29322
Phone: (864) 472-9110 | Fax: (864) 468-4210
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