Attendance Information

In accordance with Buncombe County School Board Attendance Policy 4400, to obtain credit in a given class, a student can miss no more than seven days in a semester long course or 14 days in a year-long course.   A student must be in class for at least two-thirds of the class period to be counted present.  Both excused and unexcused absences count toward the total absences.

 BCS Policy 4400 Attendance


Attendance Make-Up

A student who has a passing average in one or more courses but has exceeded the maximum allowed absences must attend and satisfactorily complete attendance make-up.   We encourage students to make up time as soon after the absence as possible so that the work is more relevant. It is the student’s responsibility to frequently check with each of their teachers to determine how many absences they have accrued for each class. Students may complete attendance make-up in the afterschool classroom on Monday, Wednesday, and/or Thursday of each week from 2:15 to 3:45 pm.


Tardies Arriving on time to class is an important expectation at BCEC that promotes both respect for the learning environment and responsibility for time management.  Students who arrive to school after the start of class must sign in in the main office and get a tardy slip to present to the teacher. If possible, a parent or the student should call the main office (232-4123) to inform us why the student will be late.  Tardies of more than 30 minutes are considered an absence from the class.

The same guidelines for excused and unexcused absences apply to tardies.  There may be times when a student must arrive late to class or leave school early due to medical, dental, or other appointments.  Appointments are coded as excused tardies if documentation is provided. A note documenting any appointment needs to be turned in to the main office upon return to school in order to have the tardy excused.


Skipping Class

Students who are in attendance for only part of the school day could be found to be skipping class.  To avoid potential disciplinary consequences for skipping class, students who arrive after a class or who must leave school early and will miss a high school class must sign in/out in the main office and provided a reason for their late arrival or early dismissal, including a parent note or phone call when possible.  Students who do not follow these procedures or who do not have a valid reason to miss class will receive disciplinary action, including detention or suspension of parking privileges for repeated offenses.


Attendance Waivers

There may be medical and other special circumstances that allow the administration to waive absences for students.  Circumstances include: chronic illness, acute illness, hospitalization, court where the student is not at fault, or death in the family.  A waived absence does not require attendance make-up but students are still responsible for all worked missed.

In order for an attendance waiver to be considered by the principal, students must bring supporting documentation, with specific dates and times, to the main office within 10 days of the absence.  A doctor’s note does not guarantee a waiver. The reason for the absence must meet the waiver criteria stated above. ALL documentation for waivers must be received PRIOR to the last week of each semester except for qualified absences occurring during the last week.