Attendance Tips

What you can do:

  • Make school attendance a priority.
  • Help your child stay engaged
  • Communicate with the school. Please stay in contact with your student's teachers.
  • Don't let your child stay home unless truly sick; keep them home if they are running a fever.
  • Check on your child's attendance to be sure absences are not piling up.

Murray county School District Attendance Protocol (2019)

     The over-arching goal of the Murray county School district is for each child to receive the best possible education. For students to get the most of their education, they must attend school on a regular basis with minimal absences. Please remember that all absences must be explained in a note when your child returns to school, and notes will only be accepted within 10 school days after our child's absence. We will gladly accept excuse notes from doctors, dentists, counseling services, etc. (refer to the Murray county Schools Handbook for a complete list of excused absences). Also, students are allowed a maximum of 3 parent/guardian notes before Christmas break and 3 additional parent/guardian notes after Christmas break. Below is additional information regarding our attendance policy. 

  • After 5 unexcused absences, parents will be contacted.
  • After 8 unexcused absences, parents will be referred to school social worker as well as to the Murray County referral Committee (MCRC)on attendance. This committee is comprised of persons from the Murray County School District, Department of Juvenile Justice, Department of Family and Children Services, Health Department, and local mental health agencies.
  • Excessive unexcused tardies and/or early checkouts may also result in referral to the MCRC.
  • After 10 unexcused absences, a student is considered truant, and the parent will be referred to court. Referral to court could result in a fine of $25-$100 per absence, up to 30 days in jail, community service, or a combination of any of the consequences.

Please refer to the student handbook or call us fro more detailed information at 706-695-1115.