Perhaps the most critical component to your child's educational success is their overall school attendance. Gleason School's attendance policy states that a student may use up to 5 parent notes and 5 doctor/formal notes within the first 10 total days missed. Within this timeframe, all 5 parent notes for the school year must be used. All absentees occurring after the 10th day missed must have a doctor note or formal note to be excused, and are subject to review by the Principal. Examples of formal notes include doctor, funeral, court, etc.
Once a child reaches 5 absentees of any kind, parents will receive a letter from the Ast. Principal, along with an updated attendance total, as a courtesy reminder of where the child stands in regards to attendance. Any child who accrues 3 or more "unexcused" absentees will receive a courtesy reminder of the school attendance policy. 5 or more "unexcused" absentees are subject to truancy court through the Weakley County Juvenile Office.
It is our goal for your child to be in good-standing regarding attendance. Please find below the complete Weakley Co. Schools Attendance Policy in detail. Please call the school at 731-648-5351 if you have any questions. We will be happy to assist you with any attendance questions or provide you with an updated report regarding your child's attendance. Thank you in advance for providing the appropriate notes/documentation when absentees occur.
The Weakley County Board of Education believes that attendance is a key factor in student achievement; therefore, we expect all students to be present each day that school is in session. All students are to be full-time students. High school students must be enrolled each semester in subjects producing a minimum of five credits per year. All children will be required to attend school regularly from their sixth birthday to their eighteenth birthday, as outlined in the compulsory attendance statute, Tennessee Code Annotated 49-6-3001.
PARENTS are responsible for the attendance of their children within the compulsory attendance age. A student who is habitually absent without permission or absent excessively will be referred to the Weakley County Truancy Board. If truancy continues after the Truancy Board appearance, the student and the student's parents will be cited into Juvenile Court. The parent(s) who refuse(s) or fail(s) to have the child attend school regularly will be guilty of a misdemeanor and may be punished in accordance with the law. Students have the right to a free and appropriate public education, which includes the right to equal educational opportunities without regard to race, sex, religion, or economic status.
Students have the responsibility to attend school regularly. Students may not leave the school grounds without permission of the school principal. An Off-Campus Permit is required in grades 9-12. Schools must establish procedures for admitting students who have been absent or tardy to class, maintain accurate records of student absences or tardiness, and report this information to the Weakley County Schools Attendance Supervisor.
The only exceptions will be as follows:
1. Students certified by a physician to be physically unable to attend (These children must then be considered for homebound instruction.);
2. Students suspended or expelled by the Weakley County Board of Education;
3. Students dismissed from compulsory attendance by the Weakley County Board of Education at the request of the principal and/or the parents/guardians; and
4. Students exempt from attendance as defined in Tennessee Code Annotated 49-6-3005.
Absences and Excuses
After missing school, the student should bring a note from the parent/guardian or doctor to the principal outlining the reason for the absence(s). The principal will determine if the absence is excused or unexcused. All absences, excused and unexcused, will be properly recorded in the student information system.
Excused absences will be granted for the following:
1. Illness of the student or appointments with a doctor or dentist (A doctor’s statement may be required.);
2. Illness in the immediate family that would require the help of the student in the home (A doctor's statement may be required.);
3. Death in the immediate family;
4. Religious holidays regularly observed by persons of the student's faith;
5. Approved educational activities:
A. A maximum of five (5) days during the school year may be excused for educational activities (i.e., travel/study trips, participation in academic contests, etc., which are not sponsored by the school or school system.) Request for approval must be made before the activity.
B. A request for approval for educational activities exceeding five (5) days must be presented to the principal in writing. It will be referred to the Weakley County Board of Education for consideration and/or approval as an excused absence;
6. Documented court appearances;
7. Circumstances that in the judgment of the principal create emergencies over which the student has no control.
Special conditions should be expected in the event of repeated absences. After five (5) absences, the principal may require a note from the doctor at any time. After five (5) unexcused absences, the principal will report the absence by phone to the attendance supervisor. The attendance supervisor will follow the procedures established by law. (Tennessee Code Annotated 49-6-3007)
A student being late three (3) times will constitute one (1) absence. In departmental settings, each teacher may count tardiness.
A student who has an unexcused absence has no right to make up work for credit. Any homework or test assigned prior to an absence will be due the day the student returns to school. All homework or tests assigned during a student's absence must be completed and turned in by the same number of days absent plus one day. Any homework or test not made up during the specified time will result in a zero for that work. Arrangements for make-up work or tests are the student's responsibility.
Requests for dismissal before the close of the school day must be presented in writing, in person, or by phone by the parents/guardians either to the principal or to a designated person. The dismissal of school or any group of pupils to participate in athletics, band, or any other similar activity is not permitted except with the consent of the Weakley County Board of Education.
No student shall leave school premises during the school day without the written request of the parents/guardians, except in cases of illness or accident. Students shall not leave school to go to lunch. If illness or an accident occurs, the parent or guardian will be notified immediately. The parent will be urged to arrange to transport the student home.