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Lincoln Central Academy

Attendance Policy

Truancy

Attendance is measured in two ways. Students must log in daily and complete assignments as well as maintain pace in their courses. 

Percentage Off-Pace in the course

Intervention

5%

Teacher will communicate directly with the student and parent/guardian that the student is off pace.

10%

Program Director or designee will send an official notification to the student and parent/guardian that the student is off-pace. Such notification will include the Lincoln County Schools Truancy Policy and the Tennessee Compulsory School Attendance Law.

15%

Program Director or designee will send an official notification to the student and parent/guardian that the student is truant and in violation of Tennessee’s Compulsory School Attendance Law. Such notification will result in the student and the parent/guardian being petitioned to juvenile court. Additionally, virtual and /or blended school students will be required to attend on-site meetings daily until the student is caught up and back on pace.  Then the student may return to their original status on a probationary period. At this time, virtual students may be returned to their school of remand if it is in the best interest of the student.


Students must log in each day and complete assignments in order to be considered present. If a student does not log in and is counted absent then they must turn in a parent note or a doctor's note for the absence to be excused. Notes may be turned to the school office or emailed to the school secretary, Mrs. Karen Mann, at kmann@lcdoe.org Students are allowed 3 parent notes per semester, just like in traditional school. Students must attend sessions in the lab as written in their individual learning plan. New students will have a probationary period in which they will attend sessions in order to get acclimated to the program. Parents may request for the student to work exclusively at home after the probationary period if they are on track and passing. If a student gets behind, he or she will be required to attend sessions until they are back on track and passing.

 

Students in the blended learning program are also required to attend classes in person if they are taking them at a traditional facility.  For instance, a student who is signed up for an elective class at LCHS will follow the same attendance guidelines as a traditional student for that class.  In addition, students must attend sessions each week as written in their individual learning plan.

 

Once a student has accumulated 5 unexcused absences then the Program Director or designee will send an official notification to the parent/guardian which will include the Lincoln County Schools Truancy Policy and the Tennessee Compulsory School Attendance Law.  Once a student has accumulated 10 unexcused absences the Program Director or designee will send an official notification to the student and parent/guardian that the student is truant and in violation of Tennessee’s Compulsory School Attendance Law. Such notification will result in the student and the parent/guardian being petitioned to juvenile court. Additionally, students will be required to attend on-site meetings daily until the student is caught up and back on pace.  Then the student may return to their original status on a probationary period or be withdrawn to the traditional school of remand if the truancy issues are not rectified.