Attendance Policy

Mobile County Public School System Attendance Policy

Responsibility of Parents - K - 5

Students are required to be on time for school.  It is the responsibility of the parents or guardians to make sure that their children arrive on time each day. 

Any time that a student is absent, the parent or guardian must send a written note to school satisfactorily explaining the absence.  A satisfactory note from parent or guardian meets the following State guidelines: illness; death in the immediate family; inclement weather (as determined by the principal which would be dangerous to the life and health of the child); legal quartine; emergency conditions as determined by the principal; and prior permission of the principal and consent of the parent or guardian. The note or doctor's excuse must be sent to school within three (3) days of the student's return to school to be counted as an excused absence.

On the fifth unexcused absence, a student is referred to the Early Warning Truancy Program  Attendance at the Early Warning Truancy Program shall be mandatory except where prior arrangements have been make or an emergency exists.

A written note from parents or guardians, as described above, will excuse absence for up to but not exceeding ten (10) absences.

Parents or guardians of a student who is absent eleven (11) or more times must present a clinical or doctor's excuse to the school in order for the absence to be excused.

Parents or guardians of any student having a chronic ailment that may cause the child to miss school during the year are required to provide the school with a clinical or doctor's statement verifying the child's condition at the beginning of the school year.  The statement shall reflect the nature of the child's illness, and state that the child may have to miss school from time to time due to this illness.  Failure of parent/guardian to provide the school with a chronic ailment statement can result in unexcused absence accumulation, and referral to Juvenile Court.

Excused absences for family vacations are strongly discouraged and will be permitted only if there are unusual circumstances that, within the principal's discretion, merit an excused absence.  Further, an excused absence will not be granted unless the parent obtains prior permission from the principal.

Students must be in attendance one-half of the instructional day to be counted present.  Tardies and early dismissals are strongly dis courage.

Parents or guardians of any students having housing instability that may cause the child to miss school during the year are requested to communicate with school's registrar and or administrator regarding their living situation.

Head lice:  Students should return to school as soon as possible cleared of lice and nits. Only three (3) days are excused for each occurrence of head lice.