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age of 7, once they are enrolled, unless the child is withdrawn from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.