All children in the district who have entered kindergarten or who are between the ages of six (6), as of October 1, and sixteen (16), except those specifically exempted by statute, shall enroll and be in regular attendance in the schools to which they are assigned and shall be subject to compulsory attendance.
Before an unmarried student between the ages of sixteen (16) and eighteen (18) may withdraw from school and terminate education prior to graduation, s/he shall confer with the Principal or designee, and s/he shall secure written permission from her/his parents.1 (See Board Policy 09.111.)
Absences and Excuses
Pupils are required to attend regularly and punctually the school in which they are enrolled. Recording of absences and tardies shall be made in compliance with the requirements of 702 KAR 7:125. A student who is absent less than 35 percent of the regularly scheduled school day will be counted as tardy. A student will be counted absent a half day if absent 35 percent to 84 percent of the regularly scheduled school day. A student will be counted absent a full day if absent for more than 84 percent of a regularly scheduled school day.
Any student who has attained the age of six (6), but has not reached his/her eighteenth (18th) birthday, who has been absent from school without valid excuse for three (3) days or more, or tardy without valid excuse on three (3) days or more, is a truant.
An excused absence or tardiness is one for which work may be made up, such as:
- Death in the pupil’s immediate family as verified by written documentation; (Principal/designee will determine number of days to be excused),
- Illness of the pupil (see Notification Required section),
- Family emergencies,
- Religious holidays and practices,
- Proof of court summons or subpoena,
- Failure of school bus to run,
- Driver’s license or permit tests (1/2 day allowed for each),
- One (1) day for attendance at the Kentucky State Fair, (must present proof of attendance),
- Documented military leave,
- One (1) day prior to departure of parent/guardian called to active military duty,
- One (1) day upon the return of parent/guardian from active military duty,
- One (1) day for incidents when students are sent home due to head lice,
- Visitation for up to ten (10) days with the student’s parent, de facto custodian, or person with legal custody who, while on active military duty stationed outside of the country, is granted rest and recuperation leave, or
- Other valid reasons as determined by the Principal, including trips qualifying as educational enhancement opportunities, as determined by the Principal.