Attendance Laws and Policies

The district will implement procedures that will monitor and report student absences. When possible, medical, dental, or other personal appointments, should be scheduled after school hours. Parents are asked to notify the school of appointments, which are scheduled during school hours, prior to an absence.

*Written documentation, including medical excuses for absences, must be presented to the principal or his/her designees within two days of the student’s return to school. This documentation must come from appropriate medical personnel, court personnel, funeral home personnel, or parent. In case of illness not requiring medical attention, a maximum of four (4) days per semester may be excused through written documentation signed by the parent/guardian.

An absence will be unexcused if a parent or guardian does not contact the school in writing by the conclusion of the second day after the student returns.


  1. Sickness/medical appointments with proper documentation.
  2. Death in the immediate family as outlined by Mississippi law, with acceptable documentation.
  3. Absences approved by the principal.
  4. Mandated appearances in court, with proper documentation.
  5. Any other excuse otherwise provided by board policy JBA.

NOTE: Students participating in school activities are considered present.

All other absences are unexcused. After a student has accumulated five (5) unexcused absences, the principal or his designee will contact the County Attendance Officer. The School Attendance Officer will then mail the parent(s) or legal guardian (s) a “First Notice” at five (5) or more unexcused, a “Second Notice” at ten (10) or more unexcused absences, a “Final Notice” at twelve (12) or more unexcused, whereupon the School Attendance Officer may take Legal Action. In an effort to avoid legal action, it is imperative that parents or legal guardians promptly notify their child’s school of any address or phone number changes.


All students shall be offered the opportunity to make up work with the exception of unexcused absences or tardies. Make-up tests may be different from regular tests.

If a student knows in advance that they will be excused from classes to participate in a school-sponsored activity, they should discuss make-up work with their teacher as soon as they know they are to be absent. The student, upon return to school, must contact the teacher immediately to arrange for work and/or tests missed.

Students who have been absent should contact their teachers regarding make-up work. The teacher will determine the length of time a student should have in making up missed work with a minimum of at least one (1) day for every day absent.

In instances where the student was present when work was assigned or tests were scheduled, the student is expected to submit the work or take the test upon the day after returning to school.

When work is not made up within the allotted time or by the time specified by the teacher, the student’s grade will automatically become a zero. The teacher will document the schedule of make-up; dates assigned, and date due.

A student who received an unexcused absence may not make up work. If a test was given or written work was assigned in class, the student will receive a zero.