Regular school attendance has a direct positive effect on academic success and achievement. Students who record frequent and excessive absences and tardies limit contact with teachers and the daily instruction which takes place in each classroom. We want each student to be successful in his/her efforts and believe that regular school attendance makes a significant contribution to their success.
Wheatmore adheres to strict attendance and tardy policies. Students are expected to arrive at school and to all classes on time. The school attendance and tardy policies are outlined in each teacher’s syllabus.
Randolph County Board Policy 4400
A. Each student in grades 9-12 must master the course learning objectives and attend class a minimum of 85 days per term in order to receive credit for that course.
B. Students absent from class for more than five (5) classes will not receive credit for that course during the term in question. On the sixth (6th) class absence, the student becomes ineligible for credit for the course, unless a waiver is approved by the local school waiver committee. Parental contact for daily absences will be made by the automatic phone message system. The interim progress report and the report card provide cumulative absences by class period.
C. A student who is absent from school more than five (5) days in a semester and does not make up class time and course work as designated by the school may not receive credit for the course.
D. Absences due to participation in school-sponsored events will not count toward the five-day maximum.
E. Any student who is absent for more than twenty (20) days during the cumulative school year must have a doctor’s note to excuse subsequent absences due to illness. Failure to provide a doctor’s note for absences due to illness that exceed twenty (20) days will result in possible legal action to fulfill the requirements of the Compulsory Attendance Law.
F. North Carolina defines the following as lawful/unlawful absences:
a. Student illness or injury (with doctor’s note and/or parental note)
b. Student medical or dental appointment (with doctor’s note)
c. Death of an immediate family member (with obituary or funeral program)
d. Court proceedings (with court papers)
a. Family trips
b. Missed bus
c. Weddings, births, etc.
d. Skipping class/school
f. Suspension by an administrator
Wheatmore High School Attendance Procedures
When a student returns from an absence, he/she must report to the attendance window located outside Student Services (Guidance) between 7:45 and 8:15 a.m. to get an admit slip to class. The absence will be coded as excused or unexcused according to attendance laws (see previous section). Students must turn in documentation for absences within two (2) days of returning to school; otherwise the absence will be recorded as unexcused. Parental notes for absences must contain the following information:
● Student’s first and last name and student ID
● Date(s) on which the absence occurred
● Reason for absence
● Signature of parent/guardian
● Phone number where parent can be reached
Students arriving late to school or returning from a prior check-out must check in immediately upon arrival at the attendance window located outside Student Services (Guidance) for an admit slip to class.
Students who need to be dismissed from school during the day for appointments must present a note from home indicating the date, time, and reason for check-out to the attendance window between 7:45 and 8:15 a.m. that same day. All check-out notes must be obtained before school. No student will be checked out over the telephone.
In the event of illness, injury, or an emergency, a parent/guardian must report to the attendance window located outside Student Services to check the student out.
Make-up work will be available when a student is absent. It is the student’s responsibility to request and complete make-up work. Completed make-up work shall be done within ten (10) class days of the student’s return from an excused absence or within five (5) class days of the student’s return from an unexcused absence to receive credit. Content and scheduling of make-up work is at the teacher’s discretion.