|Number of Absences
|0 – 5 unexcused absences
|Call or message from the school.
If seven (7) days have not passed, the parent may turn in the doctor’s note or a
parent note for the absence(s)
|6 – 9 unexcused absences
|School will call to set up a meeting to discuss causes of absences and brainstorm ways to prevent future absences.
|(Same as above)
|10+ unexcused absences
|Student may be referred to Truancy Board. If the student has previously attended Truancy Board or has had past Truancy issues, the school will call to set up a meeting to discuss ways to support the family to prevent future absences.
|A student who is in sixth grade or above will have a petition filed against them. The parents of students who have 10+ unexcused absences will have a warrant filed on them for educational neglect.
The school sends out an automated call every time my child is absent. Why do they also send an email, Dojo message, or call me again?
How can I check my child’s absences?
What should I do if I know my child was at school and the school has marked him or her absent?
What do I do if my child has a medical condition that will keep him or her out of school for at least 10 days?
What do I do if my child is sick but not sick enough to go to the doctor?
Why did the school not excuse a note for being at the hospital or doctor’s office?
How many days will be excused for a death in the family?
How many days do I have to get a note turned into my child’s school?
What should I do if my child’s school is not recording the notes?
What is the three-tier system for attendance?
The three-tier system is a process to make parents aware that their child is not at school. The three-tier system was put into place by the state of Tennessee as a way for parents and schools to work together to keep students from being truant.
Please see the chart above that shows the number of unexcused absences and the result of those absences.
Why does the school want to set up another conference with me if my child has 10 or more absences?
Why did I have to go to Truancy Board?
Why didn’t my child(ren) go to Truancy Board before we went to court?
Why did the attendance officer come to my home?