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Unexcused Tardiness/Early Check-Outs

Regulation Code: 4400-R1 Unexcused Tardiness/Early Check-Outs


School attendance is essential for student success and the habitual, chronic tardiness is
a major factor in the loss of instructional time for students regardless of age. It is also
one of the most valuable life skills a student can learn and can be easily transferred as
a valuable asset for the future.
The Cumberland County School system is continuing its efforts of "Every Minute
Counts" to ensure that students attend school for the entire school day unless excused.
If a student is tardy, it is the parent/guardian's responsibility to inform the school in
writing the reason for tardiness.
Parents should make every attempt to make appointments outside of the school day so
interruptions and missed school time are minimal.
Procedure
>Cumberland County Schools will utilize a public relations campaign that focuses
on improving student attendance, emphasizing arriving at school on time and
remaining in school throughout the instructional day as an important element of
supporting student learning.
> The Cumberland County Schools Policy Regulation 4400-R1 Unexcused
Tardiness/Early Checkouts will be posted on each school's website, in its
handbook and other information outlets along with the start time of the school
day indicating that any student will be considered tardy after the instructional day
begins.
> Each school will communicate with parents/guardians and students on a regular
basis regarding the immediate consequences for tardiness.
> The loss of instructional time due to tardiness and early checkouts may affect a
student's grades, achievement, and overall success in school.
> All instances of tardiness are recorded, whether excused or unexcused, in the
district data base (PowerSchool). 
> A student is considered tardy after the start of the school day. "Bell to Bell"
instruction is critical to optimize learning.
> A parent/guardian will be required to report to the school's attendance office/desk
to sign the student in when tardy (elementary/middle).
> The Principal may use the Parent Link program to remind the parent/guardian of
the time that school starts and of the Cumberland County Schools policy
regulation on tardiness.
> After 3 unexcused cumulative instances of tardiness or early checkouts, the
school social worker will notify the parent/guardian using the district form letters.
> After 6 unexcused cumulative instances of tardiness or early checkouts, the
school social worker will notify the parent/guardian by letter that he or she may
be in violation of the Cumberland County Schools’ Policy Regulation 4400-R1
Unexcused Tardiness/Early Checkouts.  The school social worker will work with
the child and the parent to develop a plan for addressing the chronic tardiness.

> Choice School students are not allowed flexibility from attendance expectations.
Principals will inform the Student Assignment office when the Choice School
student has six (6) unexcused tardies. Choice parents will be required to attend
Parent Accountability classes after their sixth (6th) instance of unexcused
tardiness. The Student Assignment office will then provide a warning of pending
dismissal to the parent/guardian in writing. After 10 cumulative instances of
tardiness or early checkouts a Choice School student may be returned to the
home school.
> After 10 cumulative instances of unexcused tardies or early checkouts, the
school social worker will notify the parent/guardian by letter of the need for a
meeting.  In this meeting, the principal or the principal's designee will determine if
the parent/guardian has made a good faith effort to comply with the regulation
code. If the principal finds that the parent/guardian has not made a good faith
effort, the school social worker will work with the child and the parent to develop
a plan for addressing the chronic tardiness.  Failure to attend this meeting may
result in an immediate referral to attend Parent Accountability classes or a
referral to the Cumberland County Truancy Mediation Council for violation of
Cumberland County Schools’ Regulation Code 4400-R1: Unexcused
Tardiness/Early Check-outs.
> After 20 cumulative instances of unexcused tardies/early checkouts, the
Principal/Social Worker may refer a parent to attend a series of mandatory
Parent Accountability Sessions.  Parents will be notified using the district form
letter.
> After 25 cumulative instances of unexcused tardies or early checkouts, the
Principal/Social Worker may refer a parent to Truancy Mediation Council (TMC).
Approved by the Superintendent: September 22, 2011
Revised: February 1, 2017

CUMBERLAND COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION