Attendance Policy

The first morning bell rings at 7:40 a.m. We encourage all parents/guardians to make sure that their children arrive at school before this time.

All children are expected to be in attendance each day unless they are ill.  To explain an absence from school, a child must bring a written excuse the first day he/she returns to school following the absence.  The note must be signed by a parent/guardian and state the reason for the absence.  The Darlington County School District Attendance Policy states that absences are either "lawful" or "unlawful."  After three unlawful absences, where a student has not brought in an excuse from a parent/guardian, the attendance secretary will contact the parent/guardian.  If this occurs again or after five unlawful absences, further intervention will take place.  A student who has more than ten absences, whether lawful or unlawful, may not be promoted to the next grade level at the end of the year.  Regular out-of-school suspensions will count towards these absences.  However, days absent, awaiting an expulsion hearing or an appeal hearing will not count toward these absences.