Attendance Policy

Buncombe County Schools

High School Attendance Policy

Grades 9-12

The Buncombe County Board of Education believes that regular school attendance is of crucial importance for education achievement, that learning experiences occurring in the classroom are essential components of the learning process, and that time lost from class tends to be irretrievable in terms of opportunity for instructional interaction. Therefore, each student should attend school every day. Further, the Board affirms that the primary responsibility for regular attendance resides with the parents/guardians and the individual student.

The Buncombe County Board of Education shall adhere to North Carolina State laws pertaining to the student attendance except to the extent that this policy imposes stricter regulations. Furthermore the Board is committed to the implementation of a student attendance policy that “prohibits discrimination”, discourages dropouts, and encourages regular attendance.

1. To obtain credit in a given class, a student must be in attendance for a minimum of 85 days. A student must be in class for at least two-thirds of the class period to be counted present. Each student will only be allowed to leave class four times per semester for trips to the bathroom, to get water, etc..

2. A student is considered present when his/her attendance “is required” at the following places:

A. School sponsored field trips

B. Other activities initiated by and scheduled by the school

C. Special school events which may require early dismissal from school

D. Assignments to in-school suspension