Attendance Policy

For further information regarding Wayne County attendance policies reference: Attendance K-12 Policy Code 4400
 Regular attendance is necessary to ensure academic success in school.  We know that you support your child's school success.
The North Carolina Compulsory Law (NC General Statute 115C-378) requires every parent, guardian, or other person having charge or control of a student between the ages of 7-16 shall cause that student to continuously attend school. This includes children under the age of 7, once they are enrolled, unless the child is withdrawn from school. Wayne County Public Schools are required by state law to notify parents/guardian when the student has reached (3), (6), and (10) unexcused absences.  Failure of a parent/guardian to adhere to the law is in violation of the above statute. Parent may be prosecuted under the Compulsory Attendance Law if these absences cannot be justified under the established attendance policies of the local school board. Parent/Guardians who are found guilty of not abiding by this law may be subject to a fine or imprisonment or both at the discretion of the court. Please Note the Following:
Please note the following regulations:
1) Parents/guardians are required by Wayne County Board Policy to submit a note signed by the parent/guardian stating the reason for all absences
2) All absences are considered unexcused if a note is not presented to the school within 3 days of the student's return to school.
3) Principals may require certification from a physician or the health department to verify absences for illness.
Wayne County Public Schools may file a complaint with juvenile court counselor when a student is habitually absent from school without a valid excuse.
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