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Attendance Policy

Attendance Policy of Bells Elementary School

1) Perfect attendance (attendance for the full school day) will be recognized and should be your goal.

2) Homes will be called when children are absent repeatedly.

a. Personal illness of student (verified by a doctor's excuse)

b. 5 Parent Notes for the school year

e. Required court appearance (must provide court excuse document)

f. Circumstances which, in the judgment of the principal, create emergencies over which the student has no control

4) A student with a chronic illness requires documentation from the doctor for attendance purposes.

5) All missed class work or tests (whether from excused or unexcused absence) may be made up within a timespan specified by

6) Parent notes (5) are to be used at a parent's discretion. Once the five parent notes have been utilized, a student must have an excused absence as listed in Section 3.


Truancy Notification Plan:

3 unexcused absences Written notice to parents and Attendance Supervisor

5 unexcused absences Written notice and Parents are to meet with Bells City School Attendance Committee

7 unexcused absences Official notification will be sent to the parent and an Official Compliant Affidavit will be issued to the Crockett County General Sessions Court or Juvenile Court.

7) Fifteen (15) excused or unexcused absences during the school year: A student will be assigned to After-School Detention for one and a half hour (1 ½) for each day after the fifteenth day absent. An Attendance Committee appointed by the Director of Schools will conduct a hearing to determine if any extenuating circumstances exist or to verify that a student has met the attendance requirements that will allow him/her to be promoted.


After School Detention (1 ½ hour 3:15 -4:45):

10 absences (excused and/or unexcused) Written notice to parents to notify days absent

15 absences (excused and unexcused) Attendance Supervisor will notify Parents and Director that the student has reached the fifteenth absence and will have to attend After School Detention.

8) Tardy Policy - A tardy can either be an unexcused late arrival to school or an unexcused early departure per Section 3. It is very important that students be at school at the beginning of each day (7:50 am), and stay to the end (2:50 pm) whenever possible in order to maximize their learning.

When the total number of tardies reaches five (5) in a nine-weeks grading period, a student will be assigned to stay after school for an hour from 3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. If a student has to stay after school, the parent will be informed at least one day in advance of the after school session. For each tardy after five during that grading period, a student will be assigned to another hour after school.

Approved by BCSB on June 7, 2016