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ATTENDANCE


Attendance is the presence of a student on days when school is in session.  State law requires all children between the ages of five and 17 to attend a public or private school or kindergarten.  Students are expected to attend school regularly.  For purposes of the Carnegie unit credit, students may be counted present only when they are actually at school or on homebound instruction.  Regular attendance is necessary if students are to make the desired and expected academic and social progress.  In South Carolina, the school year consists of 180 school days.  High school students must attend at least 80 days of each 90-day semester course to receive credit. They must attend at least 160 days of each 180-day course to receive one unit of credit.  After an absence, medical or parent notes must be submitted to school within five school days.  An explanation of various related terms is provided below: 
Lawful Absences
  • Student illness if attendance would endanger his health or the health of others. (If your child has an illness that causes an absence to be more than five days, you may make a request for homebound instruction. You must have the proper form submitted from a medical practitioner)
  • Illness or death in the immediate family (parents, grandparents and siblings only).
  • A recognized religious holiday of the students’ faith.
  • Medical or dental appointments; court appearances.
  • Class suspensions.
Unlawful Absences
  • An unlawful absence is any absence that is not excused under the conditions mentioned above.
Consequences
  • Three consecutive or five total unlawful absences are considered to be truancy.
  • Parent/ legal guardian will be notified that an Attendance Improvement Plan must be implemented.
  • If unlawful absences continue, a referral may be made to the Richland County Family Court.
  • Parents convicted for educational neglect may be placed under court order, fined up to $ 50.00 a day and /or jailed for up to thirty days for each unexcused absence thereafter.
  • Students between the ages of twelve and seventeen may be sent to the Department of Juvenile Justice for up to ninety days.
  • A court order may remain in effect until a child graduates from high school.