Morgan County Schools
Bylaws & Policies


The Board of Education affirms that, while statute requires attendance of each student from six (6) years of age by September 1st or five (5) years of age by September 1st if enrolled in kindergarten, and not formally withdrawn, it is in the best interest of both students and the community that they complete the educational program that will equip them with skills and increase their chances for a successful and fulfilling life beyond the schools. A child enrolled in kindergarten is deemed to be of compulsory school age unless the childís parent or guardian, at the parent or guardianís discretion and in consultation with the childís teacher and principal, formally withdraws the child from kindergarten.

A student is officially enrolled when one (1) of the following conditions occur:

 A.student was enrolled the previous year;

 B.student appears at school to enroll with or without a parent/guardian; or

 C.student and/or parent/guardian appears at school to enroll with or without records.

A dropout is an individual who:

 A.was enrolled in school at some time during the previous school year and was not enrolled on October 1st of the current school year; or

 B.was not enrolled on October 1st of the previous school year although expected to be in membership (i.e., was not reported as a dropout the year before); and

 C.has not graduated from high school, obtained a GED diploma, or completed a State-or district-approved education program; and

 D.does not meet any of the following exclusionary conditions:

  1.transfer to another public school district, private school, registered home school, or State - or district-approved education program;

  2.temporary school-recognized absence due to suspension or illness; or


For students of ages sixteen (16) or older, the dropout date is defined as the school day after the studentís last day of attendance.

The Board directs that whenever a student wishes to withdraw, effort should be made to determine the underlying reason for such action and the resources of the School System should be used to assist the student in reaching his/her career goals. No student under the age of eighteen (18) will be permitted to withdraw without the written consent of a parent.

The West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles shall deny a license or instruction permit for the operation of a motor vehicle to any person under the age of eighteen (18) who does not at the time of application present a diploma or other certificate of graduation issued to the person from a secondary high school of this State or any other state, or documentation that the person: enrolled and making satisfactory progress in a course leading to a general educational development certificate (GED) from a State approved institution or organization, or has obtained such certificate; enrolled in a secondary school of this State; a West Virginia resident enrolled in an out-of-state school; excused from such requirement due to circumstances beyond his/her control; or enrolled in an institution of higher education as a full-time student in this State or any other state.

No later than five (5) days from the date of withdrawal, the attendance director or chief administrator of the school system shall notify the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles of the withdrawal from school of any student fifteen (15) years of age, but less than eighteen (18) years of age. If a studentís withdrawal from school is beyond the control of the student and such student is applying for a license, the attendance director or chief administrator of the school system shall provide the student with documentation to present to the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles to secure his/her license or instructional permit. The school district superintendent (or the appropriate school official of any private secondary school), with the assistance of the county attendance director or any other staff or school personnel, shall be the sole judge of whether such withdrawal is due to circumstances beyond the control of such person.

For the purposes of obtaining or retaining a license or permit, withdrawal is defined as more then ten (10) consecutive, or fifteen (15) total days, unexcused absences during a school year. Suspension or expulsion from school or imprisonment in a jail or a West Virginia correctional facility is not a circumstance beyond the control of the person. A student must maintain satisfactory attendance during one (1) complete semester following the revocation of his/her driverís license in order to be eligible for the privilege of operating a motor vehicle.

The Superintendent shall ensure, through administrative guidelines, that proper procedures are established so that such notification complies with State law.

The Superintendent shall develop administrative guidelines for withdrawal from school which:

 A.make counseling services available to any student who wishes to withdraw; the student define his/her own educational life goals and help plan the realization of those goals;

 C.inform the student of alternative programs;

 D.assure the timely return of all School System-owned supplies and equipment in the possession of the student.

The Superintendent may initiate and maintain expulsion proceedings against a student who has committed an act that warrants expulsion under Board policy even if the student withdraws from school prior to the hearing or decision to impose the expulsion. Any resulting expulsion shall be noted in the studentís record and shall be imposed for the same duration it would have been had the student remained enrolled.

West Virginia Board of Education Policy 2225 and Policy 4110