The 2017-2018 Code of Conduct booklet was updated to reflect changes in the Dinwiddie County Public School attendance policies/procedures as follows (pages 21-22 and pages 42-43):

Dinwiddie County Public Schools Attendance Policy

Elementary

  • A1T/Cat. 1: Excessive Tardiness and/or Absences
  • A2T/Cat. 1: Truancy
  • A3T/Cat. 1: Leaving Without Permission

Students are expected to arrive at school and all classes on time every day.

A. Excessive and Unexcused Tardiness or Absences to School or Class

Students are expected to attend all assigned classes every day. Absence from class includes late arrival, early dismissal or being missing from any class. Justifiable reasons for non-attendance should be submitted to the school for each absence, late arrival, or class absence. Absences from class require approval from an administrator. Unexcused tardiness and/or skipping class are considered violations of compulsory attendance.

B. Compulsory Attendance

Students are expected to attend school every day. Any absence will be considered unexcused until appropriate verification is received and reviewed by the principal/designee.

An absence shall be excused for the following reasons per nine week marking period:

  1. Personal illness
  2. Death in immediate family or household
  3. Professional or legal appointments
  4. Extenuating circumstances with prior approval of the principal

Unexcused absences

  • When a student accumulates three (3) unexcused absences, the parent will be contacted and a school official will review the attendance policy.
  • When a student accumulates four (4) unexcused absences, the attendance team will meet with the student.
  • When a student accumulates five (5) unexcused absences, an attendance contract will be developed and implemented.
  • When a student accumulates six (6) unexcused absences, a plan will be developed with the parent to determine if more supports and/or interventions are needed.
  • When a student accumulates seven (7) unexcused absences, the school social worker will file a complaint against the student and/or parents through Dinwiddie Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court.

Perfect attendance

A student is considered to have perfect attendance if they were present everyday that school was in session with no tardy arrivals and/or early dismissals.

Early dismissal

When early dismissal is necessary, written verification requesting such shall be presented to the attendance secretary prior to attending first period class. Early dismissal shall be considered excused for reasons consistent with those for which an excused absence is granted. Students may not leave school early without a dismissal permit. Students who leave school early without a dismissal permit will be considered skipping and will be disciplined accordingly. Students who are granted permanent early dismissal must leave the ground at that designated time of the dismissal.

Late arrivals

When tardiness is necessary, written verification stating reasons for such shall be presented upon arrival. Tardiness shall be considered excused for reasons consistent with those for which an excused absence is granted. Students are not considered tardy when the bus arrives late. In the event the school officials determine its necessary, steps shall be taken to verify an excuse for absence, late arrival, or early dismissal. School officials may question a pattern of absences, late arrivals, or early dismissals when there is reason to suspect forgery or a misrepresentation of facts exists.

C. Truancy

All student absences are considered unexcused unless the parent either calls the school or sends a written note to provide a justifiable reason for the absence within 24 hours of the absence. Acceptable excuses include the following:

  • Illness of student.
  • Serious illness in family which necessitates absence of student
  • Death in family
  • Special and recognized religious holiday
  • Other reasons approved by principal.

A written statement by a physician may be required when a student misses more than 10 days during the school year because of illness.


Secondary

  • A1T/Cat. 1: Excessive Absences
  • A2T/Cat. 1: Truancy
  • A3T/Cat. 1: Leaving Without Permission

Students are expected to arrive at school and all classes on time every day.

A. Excessive and Unexcused Tardiness or Absences to School or Class

Students are expected to attend all assigned classes every day. Absence from class includes late arrival, early dismissal or being missing from any class. Justifiable reasons for non-attendance should be submitted to the school for each absence, late arrival, or class absence. Absences from class require approval from an administrator. Unexcused tardiness and/or skipping class are considered violations of compulsory attendance.

B. Compulsory Attendance

Students are expected to attend school every day. Any absence will be considered unexcused until appropriate verification is received and reviewed by the principal/designee.

An absence shall be excused for the following reasons per nine week marking period:

  1. Personal illness (3 days, with parent verification)
  2. Death in immediate family or household (4 days)
  3. Professional or legal appointment (unlimited, unless there may be reason to suspect abuse)
  4. Extenuating circumstances with prior approval of the principal

Unexcused absences

  • When a student accumulates three (3) unexcused absences, the parent will be contacted and a school official will review the attendance policy.
  • When a student accumulates four (4) unexcused absences, the attendance team will meet with the student.
  • When a student accumulates five (5) unexcused absences, an attendance contract will be developed and implemented.
  • When a student accumulates six (6) unexcused absences, a plan will be developed with the parent to determine if more supports and/or interventions are needed.
  • When a student accumulates seven (7) unexcused absences, the school social worker will file a complaint against the student and/or parents through Dinwiddie Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court.

C. Report for Suspension of Driver’s License

In addition to any other actions taken pursuant to this policy, if a student who is under 18 years of age has 7 or more unexcused absences from school on consecutive school days, the principal may notify the juvenile and domestic relations court, which may take action to suspend the student’s driver’s license.

D. Perfect attendance

A student is considered to have perfect attendance if they were present everyday that school was in session with no tardy arrivals and/or early dismissals.

E. Tardies

Students will be marked tardy when entering class after the ringing of the tardy bell unless they have an approved student pass or other approved excuse for being late. Upon receiving the third tardy, in the same nine weeks grading period and in the same class, the student will be required to sign a disciplinary form indicating that this is his/her third tardy. The instructor will hold the form and if the student is tardy again during the nine weeks period, the student will be referred to the administration.

F. Early Dismissal

When early dismissal is necessary, written verification requesting such shall be presented to the attendance secretary prior to attending first period class. Early dismissal shall be considered excused for reasons consistent with those for which an excused absence is granted. Students may not leave school early without a dismissal permit. Students who leave school early without a dismissal permit will be considered skipping and will be disciplined accordingly. Students who are granted permanent early dismissal must leave the ground at that designated time of the dismissal.

G. Late Arrivals

When tardiness is necessary, written verification stating reasons for such shall be presented upon arrival. Tardiness shall be considered excused for reasons consistent with those for which an excused absence is granted. Students are not considered tardy when the bus arrives late. In the event the school officials determine its necessary, steps shall be taken to verify an excuse for absence, late arrival, or early dismissal. School officials may question a pattern of absences, late arrivals, or early dismissals when there is reason to suspect forgery or a misrepresentation of facts exists.

H. Truancy

All student absences are considered unexcused unless the parent either calls the school or sends a written note to provide a justifiable reason for the absence within 24 hours of the absence. Acceptable excuses include the following:

  • Illness of student.
  • Serious illness in family which necessitates absence of student
  • Death in family
  • Special and recognized religious holiday
  • Other reasons approved by principal.

A written statement by a physician may be required when a student misses more than 10 days during the school year because of illness.

I. Leaving School Property without Permission

Once a student arrives on school property, he/she may not leave without administrative permission prior to the end of the regularly scheduled day. Students with early dismissals must sign out prior to leaving school. High school students with written authorization from a parent or legal guardian, may sign themselves out; however, elementary/middle school students must be signed out by a parent or legal guardian who must present a pictured ID card when picking a student up from any school.


Local Dinwiddie County School Board policies can be found on BoardDocs as follows: