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Attendance Policy

Loss of Opportunity to Earn Credit Due to Inadequate Attendance in Grades 9-12

A student shall lose credit for absences beyond six (6) unless the student makes up all work required by the teacher, completes the semester with a passing average (not counting the final exam grade), and makes a grade of 70 or higher on the final exam.
 
 

Appeal Process

Any student who is denied the opportunity to earn credit for any course shall have a right to
appeal to the school’s attendance committee. A “Class Attendance Appeal Request” form must be completed when a student has reached his or her 7th absence. Students have 10 days once reaching the 7th absence to complete the form and turn in to the front office. The notice and request for appeal must contain evidence demonstrating why the student should be allowed the opportunity to earn credit for the course. Written documents in support of the student’s statement must be attached to the notice of request for appeal. Upon returning to school after an absence, the student should present a note (parent/guardian or medical) explaining his/her absence. The note should include the student’s name, the date of the absence and the reason for the absence. The absence will be coded accordingly.
 
 

Check In/Check Out Procedures

Students arriving on campus after 7:45 am must come by the front office to check in and receive an admission slip to present to their teacher. Students should not be permitted to class without an admission slip. Students will be allowed to check out of school under the following conditions:
 
  • A parent/guardian comes to the front office to sign the student out (valid identification may be required). Parents/Guardians should not call ahead to sign their student (s) out.
  • A note is presented to the front office before the school day begins with the student’s name, reason for dismissal, parent signature and a contact number to verify the note.
  • Once the note is verified, we will make arrangements for the student to be dismissed from class at the appropriate time.
  • For purposes of attendance, a student must be in class for at least half of the class period to be counted present, otherwise the student will be counted absent.
  • Students will NOT be permitted to check out during SMART Lunch unless a doctor’s note is provided. This is a protected hour for our students to receive tutoring and to participate in extra-curricular school sponsored activities.

***Students who are 18 years old or older must have parental permission to check out***
 
 

Tardy Policy

West Wilkes High School recognizes the importance of having students in class, on time, and remaining in the class for the entire period for learning to occur at the highest level possible. It is the expectation that students are in their assigned classroom when the bell rings for each period.
 
Unexcused tardies will result in the supports listed below.
 
  • 1st Tardy/2nd Tardy- Teacher Warning
  • 3rd Tardy- Teacher submits a Minor Referral. The student will meet with their counselor to discuss consequences of continued tardiness to school/class.
  • 6th Tardy-Teacher submits a Major Referral. The student will meet with an administrator and will serve lunch detention for 2 days.
  • 9th Tardy- Teacher submits a Major Referral. The student will meet with an administrator and will serve lunch detention for 5 days. Student could face further consequences at this point that are deemed necessary by administrators.
  • 12th Tardy- Teacher submits a Major Referral. The student will meet with an administrator and will serve a day in ISS. Student could face further consequences at this point that are deemed necessary by administrators.
 
For the full Wilkes County Schools High School Attendance Policy 4400, please visit the Wilkes County Schools Website.