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Attendance Check-In/Check-Out Procedures

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Attendance Check-In/Check-Out Procedures


Students may begin to arrive at 7:00 AM and all students should be in the building by 7:25 AM each day. Breakfast is offered in the cafeteria from 7:00-7:25 for those students who wish to eat breakfast at school. Upon finishing breakfast, students should report to their locker to gather their belongings for their morning classes and promptly report to homeroom. Homeroom will end at 7:35 AM. Students who are not in class by 7:30 AM are considered tardy. A referral to Parent Accountability Class or Truancy Council may be recommended after 10 unlawful tardies.

Students must be in school for a minimum of 3 1/2 hours to be counted present for the day.

Cumberland County Board of Education absenteeism policy for all schools is as follows:

“Every Minute Counts”

1. Designated school officials shall make credit decisions or verify any exceptions. Appeals shall be submitted to the superintendent.
2. The school or teacher makes no distinctions between excused or unexcused absences for make-up work.
3. The following shall constitute valid/lawful absences:

  • Illness or injury
  • Quarantine
  • Death in the immediate family
  • Medical or dental appointments
  • Court or administrative proceedings
  • Religious observation
  • Educational opportunity

A student who is absent must present a note upon return to his/her homeroom teacher containing the following information: date note is written, exact date(s) of absence, specific reason for absence, and signature of parent or guardian.

An administrative parent conference will be held when a student accumulates 10 or more unlawful absences. A referral to Truancy Council or District Court may be recommended. Once students arrive on the school campus, during the school day, they become the responsibility of the school. The safety and welfare of our children is of utmost importance to us. Students who must leave during the day MUST be signed out by a parent or guardian in the main office. Under NO circumstances will a student be allowed to meet someone in the parking lot or be allowed to leave the school premises without their parent/guardian accompanying him/her or granting permission.

Identification will be necessary from the parent/guardian when checking out a student. Only people whose names are listed on the Verification of Address form may check out students. Students checking out before 11:00 will be counted absent on the homeroom roll. No student will be checked out after 2:00 PM. Students are reminded that the Cumberland
County Board of Education policy on attendance applies to all absences due to early checkout.

Any student who has a temperature above 100 degrees Fahrenheit should be sent home from school. Students who show other signs of illness may be sent home. Students with a fever must be kept at home until the temperature has been normal for twenty-four hours without fever-reducing medication.


Published by Kelley Ambersley-Ray on August 16, 2019