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Attendance Information


The maximum number of unexcused absences a student can have during any school year is 9.  

  • A student absent, unexcused, from class more than 3 times shall receive a warning letter. 

  • A student absent, unexcused, 6 or more times during a school year shall be issued an additional letter.  

  • A student accruing 10 or more unexcused absences shall be required, along with the student’s parents, to work out an improvement plan with the principal and/or social worker.  

  • Failure to create and/or uphold the improvement plan may result in a referral to the Catawba County Justice System for a Truancy charge.

Students who are absent from school shall be required to make up the work missed.  Arrangements for doing make-up work must be made prior to the absence or not later than the day the student returns to class. 

When a student is absent, the parent or guardian should call the office or send a ParentSquare message before noon the day of the absence, if possible.  Otherwise, the student must bring a note from the parent/guardian explaining the absence.  

  • Students arriving after 8:15 a.m. will be counted as tardy.   

  • Students arriving after 11:45 am, or leaving school before 11:45am, will be counted absent. 

  • If students are checked out for more than three and a half hours without returning to school, they will be counted absent for the day.


District Attendance Policies
Tips & Tricks: You can check your child's attendance online using Powerschool
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Help your child succeed in school: Build the habit of good attendance early. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work. 

Students can suffer academically if they miss 10% of the school year or about 18 days. That's just one day every two weeks.

2 absences per month x 9 months of school = less likely to graduate from high school

Research shows that missing 2-3 days a month can result in:

  • 3rd-grade students falling behind in reading
  • 6th-grade students failing courses
  • Teens dropping out of high school 

Sporadic absences matter. Just one or two days a month can add up before you know it!

If you are facing challenges related to health care, unstable housing, transportation, or lack of food, your school can help. We can connect you to services for the whole family.

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