Kentucky Revised Statute 159.150 defines truancy as: Any pupil who has been absent from school without valid excuse for three (3) events or more, or tardy three (3) days or more, is a truant. A pupil who has been reported as a truant two (2) or more times is a habitual truant. An event is defined an unexcused absence, an unexcused check in, or an unexcused early check out.
Bullitt County Board Policy 09.123 states: Pupils are required to attend regularly and punctually the school in which they are enrolled.
Excused Events: An excused event or tardiness is one for which work may be made up, such as:
- Student illness,
- Death or severe illness in the student’s family,
- Appointments with a health professional,
- Test for driver’s permit or license,
- Court appearance required by subpoena or citation,
- Religious holidays and practices,
- One (1) day for attendance at the Kentucky State fair,
- Documented military leave, 1 day prior to departure or return of parent/guardian called to active military duty.
- Visitation for up to ten (10) days with the student’s parent, de facto custodian, or person with legal custody who, while on active military duty stationed outside of the country, is granted rest and recuperation leave, or
- Other valid reasons as determined by the Principal/designee
Unexcused Events: An unexcused event is one that may result in truancy charges being filed. Work may be made up for unexcused events at the discretion of the teacher. Examples of unexcused events include, but are not limited to:
- Parent notes beyond the allowable limit of 6.
- Haircuts, shopping, or other leisure activities.
Suspension: Projects or homework assigned prior to suspension shall be accepted for credit. Students shall be responsible for submitting assignments due during the time of the suspension. Long term projects assigned during the suspension and due at a later date shall be accepted.
Bernheim Middle School will send a School Messenger message or make a personal call to the parent/guardian when the student is absent from school.
Students are expected to attend school regularly. If a student must be absent, parents should phone the school to report the reason for the absence before 10:00 in the morning. The school phone number is 869-4000. WHEN STUDENTS RETURN TO SCHOOL, THEY SHOULD BRING TO THE OFFICE A NOTE FROM HOME OR FROM A DOCTOR EXPLAINING WHY THEY WERE ABSENT. The note will determine whether the absence is excused or unexcused. Notes are kept in the office for reference. All notes must be turned in within five days of the student returning to school.
A PARENT HAS A MAXIMUM OF SIX (6) PARENTAL EXCUSE NOTES FOR ONE SCHOOL YEAR. We realize that there are times when students are too ill to come to school, but not ill enough to go to the doctor. Any time your child must miss school for an appointment, be sure to request a doctor’s note or official statement in order for the absence to be excused. For absences due to medical reasons which are in excess of ten days, a completed medical excuse form will need to be completed and turned in to the office.
Parents will be notified by mail when their child has accumulated 3 or more unexcused events. Students who accumulate six (6) unexcused events are in violation of Kentucky’s compulsory attendance laws. We are obligated to report these students to the Director of Pupil Personnel. Once the DPP has sent a final notice to the parent, the school has the option of filing a truancy petition with the courts should the poor attendance continue.
Students who have three (3) unexcused tardies to school will be assigned after-school detention after each third tardy. A tardy is defined as an absence from school 60 minutes or less. Signing out before dismissal is considered a tardy. School clocks are set to WHAS time. Truancy will also be filed for excessive tardiness to school (more than 15).
If a student is absent the day of an extracurricular event, the student will not be allowed to attend the event.
The length of time for makeup work shall be equal to the period of absence plus one day, unless scheduled otherwise by the teacher. Students need to remember that it is their responsibility to request missing assignments from their teachers. Makeup work will not be collected for a student who is absent fewer than 3 days.