Regular attendance plays a vital role in a student’s overall educational experience. Consistently missed days and even minutes mean missed instruction and will have an impact on the knowledge and understanding of a student. It is the expectation that each student comes to school on time and attends class. Each homeroom and classroom teacher takes attendance at the beginning of class. If your student is excused, please provide any documentation to our attendance secretary as soon as possible. Unexcused tardies and absences are a violation of the WJCC Code of Conduct, and students will receive consequences for absenteeism and tardiness.
- All absences – excused and unexcused – count toward each student’s level of chronic absenteeism.
- A student is chronically absent if they miss 18 days (10%) of the full school year.
- A school is subject to heightened monitoring by the Virginia Department of Education if 15% or more of student population is chronically absent, which could impact a school’s accreditation status.
Absences related to illness, death in the family, and certain other circumstances, are unpredictable and could be excused. We ask for your support in limiting absences from school for reasons that are within our control.
- Schedule medical appointments outside of the school day, or at a time to allow students to be in school for as much of the day as possible.
- Schedule vacations during predetermined student holidays.
Our Attendance Committee is reviewing our attendance practices to ensure they align with our educational philosophy and best support student learning.
- Absences for vacations or personal travel will not be excused.
Absences without a valid excusal note will automatically be entered as unexcused. To excuse the absence, a valid excusal note shall be submitted before the absence or within three days of the student’s return to school.
According to the Code of Virginia, it states:
In accordance with Code of Virginia § 22.1-254. Compulsory attendance required; excuses and waivers; alternative education program attendance; exemptions from article.
A. Except as otherwise provided in this article, every parent, guardian or other person in the Commonwealth having control or charge of any child who will have reached the fifth birthday on or before September 30 of any school year, and who has not passed the eighteenth birthday shall, during the period of each year the public schools are in session and for the same number of days and hours per day as the public schools, send such child to a public school or to a private, denominational or parochial school or have such child taught by a tutor or teacher of qualifications prescribed by the Board of Education and approved by the division superintendent, or provide for home instruction of such child as described in § 22.1-254.1.
After five unexcused absences, WJCC is required to meet with the parent and student. If a second meeting is held, the parent and student may be referred to court services. In terms of tardiness, consequences include, but not limited to: warning, student/parent conference, after school detention, in-school suspension, or out of school suspension.
If you have any questions, please contact Victoria Baynard, Attendance Associate, at (757) 565-4615 ext. 11004 or Afton Bell-Hill, Graduation Coach, at (757) 565-4615, ext. 12013.