Attendance Procedures

Quick Facts

  • All Absences 

Automated Phone Call

  • 3rd Unexcused Absence 

Notified In Writing & Attend A Meeting

  • 5th Unexcused Absence

Referred To Juvenile Court For Early Warning Program

  • 7th Unexcused Absence

File Complaint For Truancy


A phone call to the school about an absence is not sufficient documentation. The State of Alabama requires a written note on file. Each note should be submitted within 3 days of the student’s return and must contain the following:

  • Child’s full name
  • Date(s) to be excused (Each day counts as 1 parent note. Limit 4 parent notes per semester without a doctor’s excuse)
  • Reason for the absence
  • Phone number to contact parent/guardian
  • Signature of parent/guardian or doctor


You may send excuses by email to your child’s school:

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Attendance Procedures

Quick Facts


In accordance with state law, only the following absences will be considered excused absences, provided that in each instance written parent/guardian confirmation has been received within 3 days of the child’s return to school:

Personal illness (Limit 4 per semester without a doctor’s excuse)

Hospitalization/Medical or Dental Appointment

Emergency (Must be approved by the Principal)

Death in immediate family

Legal (required court appearance as ordered by subpoena or other court document)

Prior Principal Approved (Permission must be requested in writing. Limit 1 per year)


Any absence for which a valid written explanation is not provided within three (3) school days shall be coded as unexcused. Any absence beyond the fourth absence per semester shall be unexcused unless it is a doctor’s excuse. It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to make sure the note has been received at school.

Thank you for recognizing that attendance at school is vitally important if students are to be successful in their studies. If your child must be absent for a reason other than those listed as approved by the Scottsboro City Schools Code of Conduct, you may request that the days missed be coded as excused. 

Please be aware of the following important information:

 • Approval of your request is not guaranteed.

 • Anticipated Absence(s) are considered parent notes (may not exceed district allotted days)

. • Days requested cannot be excused if they will occur during state/district testing days, or if the allowable number of absences for the year has already been accumulated, or they will be accumulated due to the requested absence.

 • Principals may advise against your child missing school due to low grades or prior attendance record. 

• Parents and students are responsible for all missed work, and teachers have the authority to determine deadlines for missed work.

 • A completed Anticipated Absence Form MUST be submitted to the school office at least three (3) days in advance of the absence. This form is to be used for full day or partial day absences.

Anticipated Absence Request Form

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