Contact the attendance secretary, Laura DeVaul at firstname.lastname@example.org, regarding an absence. Please include your child’s name, the reason for the absence, and the date(s) of the absence.
Full-day student attendance and timely arrival to school are essential for student success. When students are absent for all or a portion of the day, they are missing important instructional opportunities. Therefore, it is important for all students to arrive on time and attend school every day when they are healthy. North Carolina statute § 115C-378 states that "Every parent, guardian or custodian in this State having charge or control of a student between the ages of seven and 16 years shall cause the student to attend school continuously for a period equal to the time which the public school to which the student is assigned shall be in session." Therefore, in order to aid our students in developing the necessary academic and life skills to prepare them for college, career, and beyond, Francis Bradley Middle School will follow the procedures listed below in response to student truancy:
An EXCUSED ABSENCE includes:
Illness when documented by the parents/guardians or a physician (chronic, repetitive offenses must have documentation by the physician)
Professional and/or court appearance
Periodic medical or dental appointments
Required religious observances
Death of a family member
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. The following steps will be implemented should students be absent for unexcused reasons:
# of Unexcused Absences
Parents will receive a 3 day absence letter
Parents will receive a 6 day absence letter
Parents will be contacted for a meeting with school administration and/or counseling staff to implement an absence action plan
Parent will be contacted for a meeting to review absence action plan and make contact with outside supports
Parents will receive a certified 10 day absence letter
School will make a referral to School Resource Officer for address verification
School will follow procedures to report the case to the Juvenile Court for truancy
The purpose of the Bradley Middle School Tardy Policy is to emphasize the importance of students arriving to school on time each day, as well as being in the classroom for the entire instructional block. Responsibility for reporting to class on time is an integral part of Bradley's standard of excellence. During the first 10 days of school, Bradley teachers will be working with students on organization skills and arrival to every class on time, every day.
Students' Responsibility: Students will accept personal responsibility for using the five minute transition time wisely, including planning the quickest route and moving safely in the hallways. Teachers will encourage students, but it is the students' responsibility to BE ON TIME.
Teachers' Responsibility: Teachers will instruct in and encourage students to follow school routines and procedures that support efficient transitions. Teachers will stand in the hallways outside classroom doors to supervise students and encourage them to be punctual to class.
Parents' Responsibility: Parents should discuss the tardy policy with their child, reinforcing the expectations and acceptance of personal responsibility for maximizing instructional time. Parents should also support the school's enforcement of consequences in order to prevent chronic tardiness.
Students are considered tardy if they are not within the classroom by the time the tardy bell rings. When the tardy bell rings all teachers will shut their classroom door. This will signal the student to report to the front office or guidance office for a Lockout Pass. Once a student receives the Lockout Pass they are to report immediately to class in order to avoid missing additional instructional time.
The following table lists the Tier of Consequences for student tardies:
Teacher records the tardy as unexcused and warns the student of his/her
Teacher records the tardy as unexcused, warns the student of his/her offense, and makes a parent contact. Teacher assigns lunch detention.
3 Days of Silent Lunch and Parent Conference
ISS and loss of school privileges
ISS or OSS based on the number of tardies
Consequences start over at the beginning of each quarter.