The compulsory attendance law adopted by the State of Virginia requires that all children who have reached their fifth birthday on or before September 30th and who have not passed their eighteenth birthday must attend school. It is the legal responsibility of parents or guardians to ensure that students have regular daily attendance for the entire school day. Parents or guardians must seek homebound instruction for their children when they are absent for extended periods due to documented illnesses. The homebound request forms can be obtained from the school office.
According to Section 22.1-258 of the Code of Virginia, whenever any pupil fails to report to school on a regular school day and no notification regarding the student’s absence has been received by school personnel, a reasonable effort to notify the parent or guardian by telephone shall be made by school personnel. To assist school personnel in implementing this policy, parents or guardians are encouraged to contact the school if their child is going to be absent from school.
Notification for Absences: When a student is absent from school for an entire day, or for one or more class periods, a parent or guardian must notify the school in a written, faxed, or emailed note within five (5) days of the student’s returning to school. The notification should contain the following:
- the date the note is written;
- the student’s full name;
- the reason(s) for the absence(s).
- the date(s) of the absence(s); and
- the parent’s or guardian’s signature (acceptable by email if address can be verified by school).
Medical documentation is required to verify doctor’s appointments and may be required to verify illnesses. The principal will be the judge of the validity of any excuses.