McCormick County School District

Moving at The Speed of Learning

The School year consists of 180 school days. Elementary and middle school students must attend 170 days through the course of a school year to receive credit.

High School Students are on a 7 period day schedule same as elementary and middle school students. Unexcused absences in excess of Ten (10) days for each year long courses/classes may result in denial of credit, no matter what passing grade was earned.High School students may only miss three (classes out of a nine weeks class which may result in denial of credit, regardless of passing grade.
Parents must send an excuse for every absence that states the reason for the absence that indicates the parent's awareness and approval of the student's absence.

Students are not allowed to miss more than ten (10) days unless there is verifiable documentation for each absence above ten (10). This documentation must be submitted within (10) days from the date of return to school. Verifiable documentation is defined as a written statement from an appropriate agency, physician, dentist or parent. The required parent excuses are not considered documentation for absences above ten (10). Absences for which verifiable documentation cannot be presented will be unlawful, and if the number of unlawful days exceeds ten (10), students may be denied credit for work completed during the year. (High School students refer to handbook.)

Every reasonable effort will be made to contact parents of student who do not bring excuses to school or who have accumulated either three (3) consecutive unlawful absences or five (5) total absences. A conference with parents will be requested when five (5) unlawful absences have been accumulated.
When the number of unlawful days reaches seven (7), a referral will be made to the attendance office. If the attendance office cannot obtain documentation for these absences or does not receive an adequate response from parents, a referral will be made to the court for truancy.
Promptness is expected; tardiness to class is unacceptable. Tardiness is defined as the arrival of a student in the classroom beyond the scheduled time that homeroom or class is to begin. Students who are tardy interrupt instruction, distract other students, and miss part of class. Tardiness is both an attendance and a discipline problem.