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School attendance is vital to students' academic success. Coming to school regularly, on time, and staying the whole day are important steps. Charles City County Public Schools expects students to be in school at least 95 percent of the time. During a 180-day school year, that means students should miss no more than 9 days. When a student misses more days, it begins to negatively impact his/her success. And missing 18 or more days is considered chronic absence that will require plans, conference, or referrals.
Every Day Counts for Every Student!
Attending school is your child’s first job, and regular school attendance is critical to academic success.
What Families Can Do
As a parent or guardian, you can play a big role in making sure that your child is on the path to success.
Regular and timely attendance is an important step to academic success. To support this, Virginia's Department of Education (VDOE) has made changes related chronic absenteeism which VDOE defines as missing 10% of the school year regardless of the reason or if it was excused or unexcused. Our school year consists of 180 days; therefore, a student will be considered "chronically absent" if s/he misses 18 or more days for any reason.
Also, VDOE now requires the use of reporting of attendance plans, conferences, and court referrals for excessive unexcused absences. Attendance letters will be issued for 5 or more absences (excused or unexcused). For students with 5 or more unexcused absences, attendance improvement plans will be developed followed by attendance meetings for 6 or more unexcused absences. A referral to the court for the students and parent/guardian will be issued for excessive unexcused student absences.
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