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500 Cherokee Road
Charlotte, NC 28207
Courier #: 379
P: 980-343-5505  |  F: 980-343-5524 
Principal: Susan Nichols
LC: Central 2
Bell Schedule: 8:15 AM - 3:15 PM
Grades: K-5
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Student Attendance

If your child is absent or tardy, please email:

katherine.mcelwain@cms.k12.nc.us 

Please keep in mind that according to Charlotte Mecklenburg School Board Policy and the NC Compulsory Attendance Law (N.C.G.S § 115C‑378), parents and guardians are responsible for seeing that their children attend school each day that school is in session.

Excused Absences:

The following reasons are considered excuses for absences:

  • Personal illness
  • Medical appointments
  • Death in family
  • Religious holidays
  • Educational Opportunity Absence Form 
    • When families take trips or other family-related events during the school year, a request for absence must be submitted to the principal 5 days in advance for principal approval. If not approved, the absences will be unexcused. 
    • The principal approves no more than 5 days a year for educational opportunities.
    • Educational Opportunity Absence Form.pdf
  • CMS Approved Religious holidays (form must be submitted 5 days in advance) Absence for Religious Obligation Form 2017-2018 (1).pdf
  • Court or Administrative Proceedings

Please note that all absences are considered unexcused unless the parent provides a written explanation for the absence. The school may request formal documentation from medical professionals should absences become excessive.

Unexcused Absences:

  • No written excuse or email
  • Missing the bus
  • Car trouble
  • Oversleeping

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
P.O. Box 30035
Charlotte, NC 28230-0035
Phone: 980-343-3000
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