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515 Attendance of Classes and Instructional Time

Attendance is required of all students in all regularly scheduled classes and instructional time.  The superintendent shall, in cooperation with the school administration, staff, parents/guardians, and students, prepare rules and regulations to implement this policy.

Elementary School Attendance

The Board and faculty of the Knoxville Community School District consider regular attendance highly important and have established the following policy to deal with student absence and tardiness in the elementary school(s).

I.  Absences

  1. The following absences may be excused, providing the excuse has been provided by the parent or guardian in advance of the absence, or at the time of personal illness or by the next school day:

  1. Personal illness;

  2. Family death or emergency;

  3. Medical appointments that must be made during school time;

  4. Court appearance if validated by the assigned time on the ticket, and the appearance is validated by the Clerk of the Magistrate Court and/or District Court.

  5. Family trips and other extended absences which can be justified from an educational standpoint.  These must be approved by the principal well in advance and arrangements made with each teacher involved for the make-up of work to be missed.

  6. School initiated absence (no parent excuse required).

       B. The following absences may be treated as unexcused:

  1. Any absence not properly excused before the occurrence, or at the time in the case of personal illness.  It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to notify the school if a student is to be absent and the absence is to be excused. 

  2. Leaving the building during the day without parental excuse and authorization of the principal's office.

Middle School and High School Attendance

The Board and faculty of the Knoxville Community School District consider regular attendance highly important and have established the following policy to deal with student absence and tardiness in the middle school and the high school.

I. General Attendance Policies Applicable to Both Middle School and High School

  1. The following absences may be excused, providing the excuse has been provided by the parent or guardian in advance of the absence, or at the time of personal illness:

  1. Personal illness;

  2. Family death or emergency;

  3. Medical appointments that must be made during school time;

  4. Court appearance if validated by the assigned time on the ticket, and the appearance is validated by the Clerk of the Magistrate Court and/or District Court;

  5. College visits.  Parent-teacher conference days and semester break days should be used when possible for these visits;

  6. Family trips and other extended absences that can be justified from an educational standpoint.  These must be approved by the principal well in advance and arrangements made with each teacher involved for the make-up of work to be missed; and

  7. School initiated absence (no parent excuse required). 

  1. The following absences may be treated as unexcused:

  1. Haircut appointments;

  2. Oversleeping;

  3. Car trouble;

  4. Shopping trips;

  5. Senior pictures; or

  6. Leaving the building during the day without parental excuse or and authorization of the principal's office;

  7. Any absence not properly excused before the occurrence, or at the time in the case of personal illness.  It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to notify the school if a student is to be absent and the absence is to be excused.          

 

 

Approved:  7/15/2019                             Reviewed:                     Revised: