• Attendance and Tardy Policy


    Rockingham County Schools believes that regular school attendance is of crucial importance to the educational achievement of each student. Further, the board affirms that the primary responsibility for regular attendance resides with the parents/guardians and the individual student. It is the responsibility of all school personnel to promote and encourage regular school attendance and to create and maintain an atmosphere conducive to learning.


    To be considered in attendance, a student must be present for one-half school day or at a place other than school with the approval of the appropriate school official for the purpose of attending an authorized school activity.


    The following are excused reasons to be absent when satisfactory evidence for the excuse is provided to school officials: (1) Illness or Injury (2) Quarantine (3) Death in the Immediate Family-Includes grandparents, parents, brothers and sisters but is not limited to these family members (4) Medical or Dental Appointments (5) Court or Administrative Proceedings (6) Religious Observance (7) Educational Opportunity-Prior approval must be granted by Principal Procedures for Attendance.


    The parent shall furnish written verification of absence upon the student’s return to school. The principal may require a note from the student’s physician after five (5) consecutive or ten (10) accumulated absences in a semester. When a student has a passing grade in a course but receives no credit because of attendance, the grade will be averaged as 59 for that semester. Forfeiture of Promotion or Course Credit Grades 9-12: Students with more than 10 absences in a semester or 20 absences in a year, including out-of-school suspension, will not receive credit for that course. Appeal Procedure Parents or students who believe excessive absences causing retention or loss of credit are due to extenuating circumstances may appeal the decision to the principal or his designee. Board Policy Reference: Policy #4400   


    MHS Tardy Procedures:


    • Students who do not arrive in their classroom after the first 5 minutes of first period are to go to the check in desk outside of the main office.
    • Students without a pass to first period (after 5 minutes will not be permitted into the classroom).
    • Tardy students will be documented at the check-in desk and be given a pass to class.
    • Students inside of the 5 minute window (Only for 1st Block) should be noted as a Tardy to class and be permitted to enter class.  Teachers must document the number of tardies to class.
    • Students arriving to school after 11:30 a.m. shall be counted absent for daily attendance.
    • Car trouble or lack of transportation is an unexcused absence.
    • Students tardy to school or to any class during the day will be assigned disciplinary consequences by the teacher/administration.
    • Work missed because of tardies (excused or unexcused) can be made up. Work not made up will result in the loss of credit. It is the student's responsibility to ask for any work missed.
    • Students failing to stay for the teacher assigned detention time will be referred to the office and will be assigned to ISS.
    • Students must be present for 45 minutes of the class period in order to be counted present.



    Consequences start over at the beginning of each grading period

    □ 1-4 tardies – Warning / Call Home (AlertNow or Personal)

    □ 5-8 tardies – 1 period of ISS.

    □ 9-11 tardies – 1 day of ISS.

    □ 12 tardies and beyond – Up to 2 days OSS and involvement of school social worker;  Behavior Contract after OSS

    □ Excessive tardiness may result in loss of school privileges to include, but not limited to, the following: driving privileges on campus, attendance at athletic and extra-curricular events, club participation, exam exemptions, lunch detention, after school detention, and prom.

    □ Schools will encourage students by creating incentives to promote attendance and promptness to class. Failure to comply with imposed consequences is a violation of Board policy and may result in additional consequences, including loss of privileges and OSS.