- Excused absences are excused if the absence is due to personal illness, serious illness or death in immediate family or other reasons deemed excused by state law or approval of an administrator.
- Each student, upon returning to school within 2 days, must have a note stating the reason for his/her absence.
- With five (5) consecutive absences, a doctor’s note is required for excused absences.
- A parent note can be used to excuse an absence only eight (8) days per year. Any additional absences must have a doctor’s note to be excused.
- Any absence from school that is not excused by the Attendance Office or an administrator is an unexcused absence. All unexcused absences that are not cleared within 2 days of return by an approved method will remain unexcused.
- Mississippi law requires that, after five (5) days of unexcused absences, these absences will be reported to the attendance officer.
- If a student exceeds 21 absences during the school year, excused or unexcused, the student may be retained. The parent may request an appeal to be determined by the attendance review committee.
- Parents are asked to not check out students after 2:30 p.m. An early checkout disturbs the entire classroom, not just the student checking out. Please understand that students should not be checked out of school except in an emergency. Students will be released only by permission from the parent or guardian. All students must be signed out in the office before leaving the school campus early.
- Tardiness: Students are considered tardy if they arrive to school after 7:30AM. After the fourth tardy, disciplinary action may be taken and a special parent-administrator conference will be held. After the conference, the student’s attendance information may be turned over to the state attendance officer. The student will not be eligible for a perfect attendance award for the year.
Regular and punctual attendance of all students is necessary during the school year. Students in a homebound program, students who are under a physician’s care for long-term or chronic illness, or students who have unusual or extenuating circumstances beyond their control or otherwise maintain a passing average will be considered on an individual basis by the building principal and submitted in writing to the Superintendent for approval.
A student’s regular attendance in class directly affects his/her level of success. The procedures regarding attendance are designed to reward attendance at school and to provide guidelines for students to follow when absenteeism is unavoidable.
A student should adhere to the following guidelines to assist in the earning of credit or promotion to the next grade for students on the block system who are attempting to earn Carnegie Units in grades 8-12.
- Must be present 42 days for a half-credit course (maximum of 3 unexcused absences)
- Must be present 84 days for a one-credit course (maximum of 6 unexcused absences)
- Must be present 168 days for a year-long course (maximum of 12 unexcused absences)
Additional absences may be granted at the discretion of the Columbus Municipal School District for military connected students whose parents are experiencing a deployment. The conditions under which absences may be approved are:
- The absence is preapproved
- The student is in good standing
- The student has a prior record of good attendance
- Missed work is completed and turned in within the school’s allotted time period
- The absence is not during state testing dates.
Students who exceed these guidelines may not receive a grade nor Carnegie Unit in the course.
No Credit (NC) will be recorded on the report card and transcript. Students who have excessive absences may be afforded the opportunity to make up the seat time missed due to these absences. Students may have access to an online/computer curriculum in order to obtain initial credit as well as through Mississippi Virtual Public School in cases determined necessary by the Teacher Support Team.
The Columbus Municipal School District believes that attendance is the foundation for the learning process. Furthermore, Mississippi law requires not only a passing grade in a class, but a minimum amount of attendance in the classroom. It is our hope that all students will not only be in compliance with the requirements of the law, but will actively participate in and take full advantage of their learning opportunities.
After the students exceed the number of allowable unexcused absences for the term/semester, an attendance committee will meet with the student, review the student’s documentation, and assign Saturday School. Parents may also be required to attend a meeting to discuss school and state consequences of attendance violations and to receive information regarding Saturday School. Assigned Saturday School will be required before credit is reinstated. Time must be made up immediately. (Note: There are a limited number of Saturdays in which days can be made up.) Saturday School will begin promptly at 8 a.m. and students will not be admitted after that time. Students must provide their own transportation. All students must be picked up promptly at 12 p.m. when Saturday School is over. During Saturday School, all school rules apply, and students will complete ACT review or other school related assignments.