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4501.1 Rationale
The fundamental right to attend the public school places upon students the accompanying re-
sponsibility to be faithful in attendance. Excellent attendance is essential for a student’s suc-
cessful progress in the instructional program, in proper contribution in citizenship, and in the
workplace. Harrison County Schools will encourage, instruct toward, and recognize excellent
attendance. Harrison County Schools will also create a positive, safe environment conducive
to learning and committed to helping students develop responsibility, self-discipline, and other
good work habits. Students who attend school regularly learn more, achieve higher grades,
and enjoy school experiences more; resulting in fewer disciplinary problems, fewer dropouts,
and a more comprehensively educated and responsible adult. Learning that is lost due to ab-
sence can never be adequately replaced.
Review of county attendance policy will be done yearly with input from a commit-
tee of teachers, principals, attendance director, parents, and community leaders. This commit-
tee will also review current incentives to promote attendance as well as other incentives for the
school year.
If a revision to the Harrison County attendance policy is made, it will be submitted
to the West Virginia Department of Education or approval.
An annual attendance evaluation will be done to determine the effectiveness of the
policy. A monthly review of school attendance percentages will be submitted to county super-
intendent. At the end of the school year, an attendance percentage report will be submitted to
the West Virginia Department of Education. This report will reflect the allowable deductions
as defined by the West Virginia Department of Education.
4501.2 Procedures
All parents shall notify the school on the day of a child’s absence.
A written note of explanation must be sent when the child returns to school. Failure
to send a note will result in an unexcused absence.
Parents may provide parental excuses for a student’s illness. Five (5) days of
parental excuses are permitted during a school semester. Parental excuses over the five
(5) day limit will be unexcused.
Each school principal, or his/her designee, shall make all appropriate referrals to the
county attendance director.