Regular attendance is essential if students are to be successful in school. Absences can be a major cause of learning problems. Each student enrolled in the Pickens County School District is expected to attend school regularly.

Conditions under which a student's absence from school shall be excused are:

1. Student's personal illness (a physician's statement may be required).

2. Illness in the family requiring temporary help from the student (a physician's statement may be required).

3. Death in the immediate family (not more than five days shall be excused).

4. Observance of religious holidays.

5. Absence due to a school-approved activity.

Any student absent more than 10 days in the school year (180 days), except when such absences are excused by the District Board of Trustees designee, may not be promoted at the close of the school year.

Every student must bring a note or doctor's statement within three days of returning to school. Once a student has three consecutive or five cumulative unexcused absences, a meeting must be held with the student, his or her parent, and the School Intervention Specialist. Further unexcused absences by the student will result in a referral to the district attendance office. A doctor's excuse is required after a student has accumulated a total of ten absences, excused or unexcused.

All information contained here may be found in the Student Handbook on page 20.