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It's official! We have moved to our new District website, now located at acpsd.net. Please take a moment to visit and explore our new online home for updated information on all items related to Aiken County Public Schools.
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As a reminder, our individual school web pages will continue to link back to School Fusion (hosted at this site) until the start of the new school year when all school-related pages will make the transition to our new web platform.
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Attendance Policy 

   Attendance
  
State 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.
 
Excellent attendance each day, all day, is necessary for progress in school. Something important is missed whenever a child is absent. A written excuse note must be received within 5 days of the absence and contain the following:
  • Student's name
  • Teacher's name
  • Date of the absence
  • Reason for the absence
  • Signature of the parent or guardian
If the excuse is not received within five days, the student will automatically receive an unexcused absence. If a parent is not sure that their child turned in the excuse, it is their responsibility to contact the attendance clerk to confirm that it was received.
 
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. 
 
Please note that attendance is a requirement for promotion. Students missing more than 10 days can be legally retained in the same grade. Parents/guardians will be required to provide a doctor's excuse for excessive absences and tardies. 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.

Parents should not take their children out of school before the regular dismissal time, except in cases of extreme importance. If a student is dismissed early for a doctor or dentist appointment, the student must bring a doctor’s excuse upon returning the following day.
 
Please try to plan vacations during off school times since missing a week can be detrimental to many students. All absences related to trips must have five days prior approval of the principal or the days will not be excused.

Intervention  
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 or designee 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 attendance card.
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 reclarify 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 or designee 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.


Make-up Work
Teachers will permit students to make-up work missed during an absence as long as the student makes appropriate arrangements with the teacher no later than the student's fifth day back at school.   Homework assignments must be requested by 10:30 a.m. to allow sufficient time to have the assignment to the office by 2:30 p.m. Assignments may be picked up from the office between 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

 
Tardies
Excessive tardiness is considered an act of truancy and will be dealt with as such. 

 
Homebound Instruction
Parents 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 attendance office. A student on homebound instruction is not counted absent.