The Onslow County Board of Education Attendance Policy (#4400) is found in the Student Related Board of Education
Policies booklet. It is the desire of the school to see that all students establish a good attendance record. A student must be present at least one-half of the school day in order to be counted present. Anyone who checks out before 11:50 a.m. is counted absent for the day. Students are tardy after 8:20. Students should remain in school until 3:20 each day. North Carolina Public School Law considers the following as excused absences:
- Personal illness or injury
- Death in the immediate family
- Isolation ordered by the State Board of Health
- Educational Opportunity (prior approval from the principal is required)
- Medical or dental appointments
- Court or administrative proceedings
- Religious observances
- A student whose parent or legal guardian (a) is an active duty member of the uniformed armed services as defined by policy 4050, Children of Military Families, and (b) has been called to duty for, is on leave from, or has immediately returned from deployment to a combat zone or combat support posting, will be granted additional absences. Five days prior to the absences, the parent or legal guardian must present to the school principal a written statement requesting the absences be lawful.
Extended illnesses generally require a statement from a physician. When the total absences exceed 10 days, a doctor's statement is required. Unexcused or excessive absences will he referred to the school social worker.
In order for a student in grades K-5 to be considered for promotion to the next grade level, a student should be in attendance for a minimum of 164 days. Students with more than 20 absences (10 within the first ninety days and 10 within the last ninety days) in a school year will be at risk for retention in the current grade.
Perfect attendance is awarded to students who are present every school day.