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7:00 – 7:30 AM Students may enter school from either side of the building upon arrival. Students entering from the Bunting Road side of the school will enter through the cafeteria doors from 7:00 – 7:30 AM. Students arriving after 7:20, unless on a late bus, may not eat breakfast.
7:30 AM - First Bell rings.
7:35 AM - Tardy Bell rings. All students who are not in their classrooms by this time should report to the office for a tardy slip before going to class.
7:40 AM WHHE Morning Television Show
2:15 PM Dismissal of car students, walkers and bus students
Early Release Days
Students will be dismissed at 12:15 on the following days:
Sept. 2 Oct. 7 Nov. 4 Dec. 2 Feb. 3 Mar. 2
AM Schedule: 7:30 AM – 10:30 AM
PM Schedule: 11:15 AM – 2:15 PM
*Students who are not picked up by 2:30 will be sent to Quest Zone. Parents will be charged the regular fee for after school care.
*We respectfully ask parents to avoid signing their child out between 1:50 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. This causes confusion not only in the main office, but also in the classroom.
TardiesIn the event that a student arrives after 7:35 AM, the student must report to the office and get a tardy slip to be given to the teacher. Your child may be considered truant with excessive tardies (more than 10 in a school year) resulting in legal action through the attendance office in Aiken. Excessive tardies could result in loss of recess time. Also, students who are tardy more than 10 days, excluding verified medical tardies, will be denied perfect attendance for the year.
EnrollmentA parent or guardian must enroll each student. A registration card is required each year. If transferring from another school, a transfer letter is required for admittance. First time enrollees must have a certified copy of their birth certificate, social security card, proof of residency and a South Carolina Immunization form. When transferring a student from the school, please notify the school office at least 24 hours in advance.
Student AttendanceState law requires all children between the ages of five and 17 attend a public or private school or kindergarten. A parent whose child or ward is not six years old on or before September 1st of the school year may waive kindergarten attendance for his/her child. The board expects children to attend school regularly. Regular attendance is necessary if students are to make the desired and expected academic and social progress. The school year consists of 180 school days.
The board believes that attendance is a key factor in student achievement. Any absence from school represents an educational loss to the student. However, the board recognizes that some absences are unavoidable. Any student who is absent from school must present a written excuse, signed by his/her parent or legal guardian. The excuse will contain such other information as directed by the administration. Student excuses are considered to be a part of student records, and such excuses will be processed by those school-based employees designated to administer attendance regulations and will be provided to other staff who have a need to know. If a student fails to bring a valid excuse to school within five days, he/she will automatically receive an unexcused absence. If a student brings a false (or forged) excuse, his/her teacher must refer the student to the school administration for appropriate action.
The district will consider students lawfully absent under the following circumstances:
They are ill and their attendance in school would endanger their health or the health of others.
There is a death or serious illness in their immediate family.
There is a recognized religious holiday of their faith.
They are traveling or attending events that the principal approved in advance as an educational experience. Requests must be submitted in writing five days prior to the absence.
Emergencies and/or extreme hardships at the discretion of the principal.
Other lawful absences are explained in administrative rule JH-R.
Chronic or extended illness requires a certification of the illness from the physician or other health care provider. Such statement will become a part of the student’s health file and will be placed in the permanent record. A statement from a physician or other health care provider may be required for the temporary illness of the student or for a death or serious illness in the student’s immediate family.
The district will consider students unlawfully absent under the following circumstances.
They are willfully absent from school without the knowledge of their parents.
They are absent without acceptable cause with the knowledge of their parents.
The district plan for improving student attendance will include, but not be limited to, the following.
Establish reasons for excessive absences.
Identify a method to resolve cause of unlawful absences, i.e., influence change in environment, group and/or individual counseling, parent conference and others.
Notify the attendance supervisor immediately in writing; with a copy sent to our Elementary Academic Officer, for appropriate action under state attendance regulation in the event unlawful absences continue.
Maintain evidence of intervention activities, e.g., copies of letters to parents, intervention plans, etc.
After three consecutive unlawful absences or five total unlawful absences, school officials will identify the reasons for the child's unlawful absences and develop a plan in conjunction with the student and the parent to improve future attendance. The board of trustees designates the principal of the school to promptly approve or disapprove any student's absence of more than 10 days.
After three consecutive unlawful absences or a total of five unlawful absences occur, school officials will do the following:
Notify the parent of the absences using the appropriate form. If the principal is unable to establish contact with the parent for the purpose of developing an intervention plan, the student will be referred in writing to the attendance supervisor who will make every effort to arrange a conference with the parent.
Hold a conference with the student and the parent at which time they will identify the reasons for the absences and develop a plan to improve future attendance. The student and the parent will sign this plan.
A copy of this plan will be sent to the attendance supervisor.
After the plan is in operation, if the student is unlawfully absent again, he/she will be immediately referred to the attendance supervisor with a copy of the student’s attendance record.
After 10 unlawful absences, school officials will notify the parent of the absences. School officials will review the plan for improving attendance with the parent and student and re-clarify the consequences of continued absences. The district will refer students who continue to be absent from school unlawfully to the family court. In addition, the principal will be responsible for implementing and expediting the homebound program for students experiencing a prolonged illness or injury requiring them to be absent from school.
Procedures for approving/disapproving absences:
Students are expected to attend school for the full year beginning with the first day of school. For students who enter school after the first 10 days (five days for semester courses) and whose reasons for failing to attend school are not accepted according to board policy, credit will be withheld.
Transfers from out-of-state or district
If a student begins school in another state or district and transfers into the school district, the following rules will be observed. Rules prevailing in the former school system will be considered. Prorata application of South Carolina attendance policies may be used. Both federal and state regulations provide for the transfer of education records from one district to another for enrollment purposes without parental permission as long as notice is provided in the school district’s parental handbook.
In-school suspensions will not count as absences. Out-of-school suspensions will count as lawful absences.
Routine scheduled visits for dental/medical
Students who require routine 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, a doctor’s note must be presented upon student’s return to school.
Students who are late to class or school due to tardy arrival of school buses will not be counted absent or tardy.
Student absences resulting from required court appearances will be considered as lawful.
Students are required to complete any work missed during an absence. Homework assignments must be requested by 10:30 a.m. to allow sufficient time to have the assignment to the office by 2:15 p.m. Assignments may be picked up from the office between 2:15 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Homebound InstructionParents who anticipate a student’s absence of more than five consecutive days due to an extended health problem should apply immediately for homebound instruction by calling the school office. A student on homebound instruction is not counted absent.
Additional InformationFor additional information on the Aiken County Attendance Policy, please click HERE.