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Attendance Regulations
South Carolina law, as stated in the 1984 Education Improvement Act, requires that all students be in attendance 85 out of 90 days for a semester course or 170 out of 180 days for a year-long course. Any student who fails to meet this attendance requirement by having more than 10 days absent from a class may not be eligible to receive credit in that class.
Unlawful Absences
An unlawful absence is defined as a student's willful absence from school without the knowledge of the parents or a student's absence form school by parents' choice.  When a student returns to school after an absence, a note of explantion from the parent, guardian, physician, or other health provider must be submitted within five (5) school days.  Failure to submit notes for any absence within the five day period will result in the absence being marked unlawful regardless of reason.

The principal will approve or disapprove any absences in excess of five (5) for semester courses or ten (10) per year.  All absences, whether lawful or unlawful, are charged against the maximum ten (10) days allowed.

The parent will be notified before the maximum number of absences allowed is reached. The school will maintain on file evidence of notification,e.g., copies of letters sent, records of conferences held, etc.
Lawful Absences
Students who are ill and whose attendance in schoool would endanger their health or the health of others may be excuse from attendance.  (A PHYSICIAN'S STATEMENT MAY BE REQUIRED) Students may be excused from attendance if there is a serious illness or death in their immediate family.  Students may be excused for emergencies as APPROVED BY THE PRINCIPAL.

Chronic or extended illness requires a certification of the illness from a physician or other health care provider. The statement must be presented to the school at the time of registration or immediately following the medical diagnosis.  Such statement will become a part of the student's health file and will be placed in the permanent record.  All absences in excess of ten (10) days must be approved by the principal.

Absences as detailed below will be consider as lawful:
Field Trips-Field trips are permitted only if they apply directly to objectives of the school curriculum.
Early Dismissal for Competitive Events-Only for school sponsored competitive events may students miss class and these lawful absences are not to exceed five (5) days during the school year.
Suspension-In-school suspensions will not count as absences.  Out-of-school supsensions will count as lawful absences and will not count against the maximum ten (10) days allowed.
Routine Scheduled Visits for Dental/Medical/Mental Health-Students who require rountine periodic visits to their orthodontist, dentist, physician, mental health specialist, health department specialist, and other health-related professionals should schedule their appointments at times other than instructional time. If such visits are required during the School day, they shoud be scheduled at varying times.  Lawful absences for these purposes are not to exceed five (5) days during the school year.
Late Buses-Students who are late to school due to the tardy arrival of school buses will not be counted absent or tardy.
Court Appearances-Student absences resulting from required court appearances will be considered as lawful provided that a statement is received from the court authority.
Late Entrance-Students who enter school after the first ten (10) days and whose reasons for failing to attend school are not permitted according to Board policy will not receive credit for the school year.