Nelson County students are required to attend school regularly and punctually. Click here for a pdf of the NC Schools Attendance Requirements.
All absences, except those with permissible excuses, are unexcused absences. Make-up work may be permitted for a student with an unexcused absence if the principal, after consultation with the teacher, approves the make-up work. For a student with an unexcused absence due to a suspension, work shall be given appropriate credit.
- Death or severe illness in the student’s immediate family
- Illness of the pupil (See parent notes)
- Medical, dental, or legal appointments that cannot be scheduled outside of school hours. (Times and dates shall be verified by the health professional or court officials) Students will be excused for a partial day absence only, unless the doctor or court specifically writes on the note that the student was required to be out of school all day.
- Religious holidays and practices
- One day for attendance at the Kentucky State Fair (per state law). (Proof of attendance must be provided)
- Two visits to colleges or universities
- Drivers test for permit or license. (A half (1/2) day may be allowed twice during the school year)
- Documented military leave
- One day prior to departure of parent/guardian called to active military duty
- One day upon the return of parent/guardian from active military duty
- Ten days for students attending basic training required by a branch of the United States Armed Forces; or Visitation for up to ten (10) days with the student’s parent, de facto custodian, or person with legal custody who, while on active military duty stationed outside of the country, is granted rest and recuperation leave
- Educational Enhancement Opportunities - See your school for an application
- Other days approved by the school principal
A student is considered tardy if he or she arrives after the designated school start time or leaves before the end of the instructional day. Students must be checked in or out of school by a parent, guardian or authorized adult. Late arrivals or early dismissals will be counted as an absence or tardy according to the arrival/departure time.
Any student from age six through seventeen who has been absent from school without a valid excuse for three days or more or tardy without a valid excuse on three days or more is a truant. (A student who is absent for thirty-five percent or less of the regularly scheduled school day is tardy.) Any student who has been reported as a truant two or more times is a habitual truant.
When a student is declared a habitual truant, the parent may be notified by a certified letter and/or by a personal visit. If truancy continues, both parent(s) and student may be required to attend the Truancy Mediation Program in which reasons for truancy are discussed and solutions for truancy are formulated.
As a final recourse, court proceedings will be instituted if truancy continues.
If you have questions about this program, contact Director of Pupil Personnel at (502) 349-7000, ext. 2321.