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Notice Regarding New SC School Attendance Policy


October 2017


Lexington Two Families,


We want to make you aware of a new attendance policy that all South Carolina schools will be implementing in 2017-18.


Under the guidance of the federal Office of Civil Rights, the South Carolina Department of Education is now requiring all districts to report students who are “chronically absent.” Chronically absent students are defined as having missed 10% of the total days within a school year. Research shows that students with a history of chronic absenteeism face a serious risk of falling behind in school, thus making it more difficult for them to succeed in the classroom.


As part of these new requirements, South Carolina students will now be considered “absent” if they miss 50% of their instructional day for ANY reason, regardless of the classification of the absence as excused or unexcused.


This means Lexington Two students must be present for at least half of the instructional day to be considered “present” for that school day.



For our schools, these new attendance requirements will look like this:



School Start Time

School End Time

Time Required in School to be

Counted Present Per Day

All Elementary



3 hours, 18 minutes




3 hours, 38 minutes

Northside MS



3 hours, 38 minutes

Fulmer MS



3 hours, 38 minutes

Pine Ridge MS



3 hours, 38 minutes

Airport HS



3 hours, 33 minutes




3 hours, 35 minutes


High School Credit Classes: Seat-time requirements will not change for course credit.


Attendance must be taken during each class period at the middle and high school level. If a student reaches the set number of unexcused absences* in any course (Carnegie unit), they will not meet the state-mandated attendance requirement for that course and will not receive credit until those absences are made up.


*The attendance requirements for receiving credit or promotion are:



Maximum Absences Allowed

Elementary and

Middle Schools

10 absences (per year-long class)

Middle and

High Schools

5 absences (per semester class)

10 absences (per year-long class)



Please note that chronic absenteeism is NOT the same as truancy. According to state law, a child is considered truant if they have 3 consecutive unlawful absences or a total of 5 unlawful absences. Once a student becomes truant, the district is required to develop a written intervention plan with the parent/guardian.


We appreciate your understanding as we implement these new school requirements.