Attendance Information

In accordance with Buncombe County School Board Attendance Policy 401, to obtain credit in a given class, a student can miss no more than five days or ten days in a year-long course.   Classes that meet MWF all year have a limit of six days.  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. An “Excused” absence does not mean the absence has been “Waived.”


A student is considered present in the school when in attendance at the following:

  • School sponsored field trips or other activities initiated by and scheduled by the school
  • Special school events which may require early dismissal from school 
  • Assignment to in-school suspension
  • College visits approved in advance

Excused and Unexcused Absences


In order for an absence to be excused, a signed note from a parent/guardian explaining the absence is required within two days of the absence.  These notes must be turned in in the main office.  We cannot accept email notifications. Absences are coded as unexcused until documentation is received. Documentation will not be accepted after thirty days of the absence.  


Excessive and unexcused absences may jeopardize a student’s enrollment in Early College.  In addition, it is each student’s responsibility to meet attendance guidelines for A-B Tech classes and adhere to the A-B Tech Attendance Policy


The North Carolina State Board of Education accepts the following as reasons for excusable absences:         


              1.  Illness

               2. Quarantine

               3. Death in Family

               4. Medical Appointments

               5. Court Proceedings

               6. Religious Observances

               7. Family Emergency

               8. Educational Opportunity

               9. Out of School Suspension


The following are examples of unexcused absences (and tardies):


  1. Inclement weather unless the school bus schedule is altered                       
  2. Car trouble
  3. Power Outage
  4. Missing the bus
  5. Oversleeping
  6. Work
  7. Vacations
  8. Educational Opportunities not sponsored by school.

Missed Assignments


After any absence, it is the responsibility of the student to get information from the teacher in order to successfully complete all make-up assignments, including scheduling a time to take tests.  Because policies for make-up work vary from instructor to instructor, students are responsible for knowing and adhering to the missed-work policy for each high school and college instructor. Projects and work assigned before absences should be turned in as soon as student returns to school.  


Each teacher may set his or her own policies for late work and zeros may be given if missed work due to absences is not completed in a timely way.  Teachers are not obligated to allow students to make up work for unexcused absences.


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.


At BCEC, students have four options for making up absences:


1)  Schedule a time with the teacher of the course that you have missed to make up time in his or her room.  The teacher will document that you have completed the make-up time with Ms. Robinson, our data manager/receptionist.


2)  Schedule a time with an office staff person to make up time in the main office from 7:30-8:30 am.   You must arrive at 7:30 and stay the whole hour.


3)  Stay in After-School from 2:00-3:45 any afternoon except Thursday.   You will need to sign-in with the after-school teacher, who will verify that you have made up time.


4)  Attend a Saturday Attendance Make-up Session, which are scheduled each semester from 8:00 to 12:00.  You must arrive at 8:00 am and can stay in one-hour increments depending on how much time you need to make up.  The cost is $10 per session.


Attendance Failures


Any student who has missed more than 5 days will automatically receive an “FF” to indicate an overage in attendance.  If the student does not attend and satisfactorily complete the required make-up sessions for each course, no credit will be given and a grade of "F" will be recorded as the final grade for the course.  All FFs must be cleared prior to graduation or transfer to another school.

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 using the Google Form 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 appointments needs to be turned in to the main office immediately upon return to school in order to have the tardy excused.


After three, four, and five unexcused tardies, the teacher will assign the student 30 minutes of detention each time and contact the parent.  Beyond five tardies will result in an referral to an administrator to determine additional disciplinary action, including possible revocation of a students’ parking privileges on campus.


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.


Homebound Education


If a student needs to be absent for an extended period because of a severe, prolonged, or chronic illness under a physician's care, the parent should notify the principal so that arrangements for homebound/hospital-bound or other appropriate instruction can be made.  If a student makes a good faith effort to complete the work under these conditions, days missed will not be counted against the policy. This arrangement shall be made in conjunction with the attending physician and educational personnel.                                       


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.