Virginia’s “compulsory attendance” law requires the parents and guardians of children age 5 (by September 30) through 18 to ensure their child’s regular daily attendance for the entire school day. It also is their responsibility to seek home-bound instruction when children are absent from school because of extended periods of illness.
Charlottesville City Schools support regular attendance by providing the services of attendance counselors, social workers, and school nurses to assist parents in finding solutions to attendance and/or medical problems. The attendance counselors are authorized and required to file petitions in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court to obtain compliance with the school attendance laws.
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By providing written proof, students may be excused for the following:
NOTE: Buford and CHS families should also consult the Buford or CHS student handbook for school-specific attendance policies and procedures.
When the Student Returns to School:
Students are expected to arrive at school and attend all classes on time daily. Students are tardy when they do not cross the threshold of the instructional area before the tardy bell rings. Excessive and unexcused tardiness to school or class creates a serious interruption of the orderly learning process, and corrective action will be taken. Students arriving late to school must be signed in by parents or guardians, or present notes signed by parents or guardians stating the reason for the delay.