Morgan County Schools
Bylaws & Policies
 

5230 - LATE ARRIVAL AND EARLY DISMISSAL

It is necessary that a student be in attendance throughout the school day in order to benefit fully from the educational program of the County.

The Board of Education recognizes, however, that from time-to-time compelling circumstances require that a student be late to school or dismissed before the end of the school day.

As agent responsible for the education of the children of this County, the Board shall require that the school be notified in advance of such absences by written request of the studentís parent, which shall state the reason for the tardiness or early dismissal. Justifiable reasons shall be determined by the principal in accordance with Policy 5200.

It is the responsibility of each school to have a guest log to be used by parents/guardians/custodians when a student checks in or out of school other than the normal beginning and end of the school day. Students are not permitted to check out of school unless a parent/guardian/custodian or adult who is authorized by such checks them out.

If one (1) parent has been awarded custody of the student by the courts, the parent of custody shall provide the school with a copy of the custody order and inform the school in writing of any limitations in the rights of the non-custodial parent. Absent such notice, the school will presume that the student may be released into the care of either parent.

No student who has a medical disability which may be incapacitating may be released without a person approved by the parent(s) or legal guardian to accompany him/her.

No student shall be released to anyone who is not authorized such custody by the parents.

A partial absence occurs when a student arrives at school after the start of the school day, is not at his/her assigned instructional location at the scheduled time for instruction, or leaves school prior to the dismissal time. A partial absence may be excused or unexcused based upon the reason for the absence. At the beginning of each school year and throughout, each principal will communicate to the parents the importance of the students arriving at school on a punctual basis and remaining for the entire day of instruction. Each teacher will periodically explain to the students and parents, when possible the inconvenience and disruption that a partial absence causes. This disruptive factor will also be explained in each student's school handbook. As deterrents to partial absences, schools may use, but are not limited to, before/after school detention, in-school detention, loss of certain privileges, etc. Principals are encouraged to conference with parents regarding the negative implications of the child's partial absence. The principal or designee will notify the parent in writing when the child has accumulated ten (10) unexcused partial absences. Once a child has accumulated fifteen (15) unexcused partial absences, the principal or designee will refer the student's name to the County attendance director who shall contact the parents regarding the student's unexcused partial absences. When a child has accumulated twenty (20) unexcused partial absences, the attendance director may convene a Multidisciplinary Team Meeting with the parents/guardians to address the child's failure to attend a full day of school.

West Virginia Board of Education Policy 4110