Alabama state law requires that students are present during school hours. Parents will be notified of student absences by an automated email and by written notification according to the following guidelines:
An automated email will be send after each absence.
A letter will be sent home after a student has accumulated five unexcused absences.
After the seventh unexcused absence, a petition will be filed by the system's attendance office to the District Attorney's office.
This year, all parent and doctor notes for absences should be sent to the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You will get an email notification that your note was received. Notes will not be accepted by teachers via email, text, or other means. As a reminder, in secondary schools, students are allowed 5 days per semester that they can be excused on a parent note. If the school needs clarification on a note, you may be asked to bring an original copy of the doctor's note to school.
If a child is absent more than 15 days, the Alabama State Department of Education considers him/her to be chronically absent. Points are taken away from the school on the A-F Accountability Report Card for EACH child who has 15 absences or more each school year, no matter the reason for the excuse.
Tardies are monitored by the school administration. It is very important that your child be present at the beginning of the school day. Instruction begins at 8:15.