For your child to gain the greatest benefit from his/her education, good attendance is necessary. Bullitt County Schools can provide assistance, answer questions and connect you with community resources that can help your child avoid excessive, unexcused absences and tardies.
TIPS FOR PARENTS
- Reinforce the value and importance of good attendance from the time your child enrolls in school.
- Encourage and help your child prepare for school each evening. Packing backpacks, preparing lunch and selecting clothes the night before can reduce morning stress.
- Designate an appropriate bedtime for your child and STICK TO IT!
- Praise your child when he/she exhibits good attendance and promptness.
If your child must miss school, please remember the following:
1. Call the school to let them know your child will be absent.
2. If your child is absent due to illness and visits the doctor, remember to ask for a physician statement. This excuse should state the child was too ill to attend school. If your child does not have health insurance please contact the Family Resource or Youth Service Center Coordinator at your child’s school.
3. Many times children will “forget” to turn in the doctor’s statement once they return to school. Please check to see if your child did turn the note in to he/she teacher or the school office.
4. If your child must miss school due to a dental/orthodontist appointment, please turn in the statement from the dentist/orthodontist so this may be an excused absence.
5. If your child is tardy (arriving late, leaving early or returning to school after an appointment) and adult must sign him/her in/out at the school office.
6. A written explanation of an absence is required upon the student’s return to school. No excuses will be accepted after five (5) days (this includes health professional statements).
Please keep the Student Handbook in a safe place so you may refer to it throughout the year. This handbook is very helpful to clarify attendance issues and questions that may arise regarding other school and county policies.
Kentucky State Law states:
- That “any child who has been absent from school without a valid excuse for three (3) days or more, or tardy three (3) days or more, is a truant.
- Any child who has been reported as truant two (2) or more times is a habitual truant (more than six (6) unexcused absences and/or tardies).
- Please note your school’s policy regarding valid excuses and deadlines for when they must be turned in for proper credit.
Sign up for Parent Portal at your child’s school and monitor your child’s attendance on a daily basis.