Gray Stone Day School believes that daily attendance is vital to the learning environment and the growth of a student.
Students are expected to be in attendance for the entire day when school is in session except when there is a situation that is considered an excusable absence (see below).
Students who are absent for the entire school day are required to have documentation regarding the absence from a parent/guardian in the form of a note turned into the main office or an email sent to firstname.lastname@example.org for upper grades or email@example.com for middle grades.
Failure to supply the school with a reason for the absence may result in the student facing disciplinary sanctions for skipping school.
Students who are marked absent in any class will be included in the School Messenger phone calls that are made each evening.
If a student has more than 8 absences in a semester class or 16 absences in a year-long class prior to the last week of classes, the student will face an Attendance Appeal Board that may recommend the student not receive credit for the class.
The North Carolina State Legislature and North Carolina State Board of Education sets the guidelines for what is permitted as an excusable absence.
The following is a list of what is considered an excusable absence,
- Illness or injury prevents the student from being physically able to attend school.
- The local health officer or the State Board of Health orders the isolation of the student.
- The student is absent due to the death of a member of the immediate family.
- The student has a medical or dental appointment.
- The student is a party to or is under subpoena as a witness in the proceedings of a court or administrative tribunal.
- The student is absent due to a religious observance in accordance with local school board policy.
- The student obtains prior approval to take advantage of a valid educational opportunity, such as travel.
Loss of credit - Attendance Appeal Board
Gray Stone Day School has set the number of absences at 8 per semester class and 16 per year long class.
Students who go over this amount will need to fill out an appeal to the Attendance Appeal Board for review to determine if the student will receive credit or not for the class.
If the Attendance Appeal Board feels the student should not receive credit, then they will make that recommendation to the Gray Stone Day School Board of Directors.