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Knox County Attendance and Tardy Policies

Attendance Policy

  • A student may be absent due to illness; illness in the family temporarily requiring help from the child; death in the family; recognized religious holidays regularly observed by persons of the students faith; verifiable family emergency; 10 days per school year with a written parent excuse. Beyond 10 days per year, a medical excuse is required. 
  • To be counted present, a child must be in school more than half the day. 
  • Note that Knox County Schools have a Truancy Initiative with the Knox County Court System.  Any Knox County student who accumulates 5 days of unexcused absences will be automatically reported.  The Court will make contact with the parent, and if no improvements take place, the parent will be called to appear at a group meeting with the Knox County District Attorney.

Tardy Policy
  • Students are considered tardy if they arrive IN THEIR CLASSROOMS after 7:45 A.M. 
  • With the goal of encouraging our parents to assume responsibility for having their children in school on time, KnoxCounty’s Board of Education in 2005 adopted a new Tardy Policy.  In abbreviated form, the policy states that when late to school, the parent must furnish the school with an approved excuse within a three day period. 
  • Any school tardy not approved by the principal will be recorded as unexcused. 
  • For every five tardies on the student’s record, one absence is then reported to our attendance worker just as the actual unexcused absences are reported to our attendance worker. 

For a complete review of Knox County’s Attendance Policy and Tardy Policy, please visit the Knox County Website.

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