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.
Examples of excused absences are:
- Illness, quarantine, or natural disaster
- Religious holidays
- Death in the immediate family
- Exceptional circumstances as determined by the principal
Examples of unexcused absences are:
- Skipping School
- Missing the Bus
- Family trips not prearranged at least one week in advance and/or longer than 5 consecutive days in length
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 Michelle Dudley, Attendance Associate, at (757) 565-4615 ext. 11004 or Susan Mullen, School Social Worker, at (757) 603-6432.