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J.D. Lever is building the foundation for students to reach their full potential and succeed as life-long learners.
It's official! We have moved to our new District website, now located at acpsd.net. Please take a moment to visit and explore our new online home for updated information on all items related to Aiken County Public Schools.
As a reminder, our individual school web pages will continue to link back to School Fusion (hosted at this site) until the start of the new school year when all school-related pages will make the transition to our new web platform.
Thank you for your continued interest in and support of Aiken County Public Schools, and welcome to acpsd.net!
Attendance Policies: Student Attendance
State law requires all children between the ages of 5 and 17 to attend a public or private school. Regular attendance is necessary if students are to make the desired and expected academic and social progress. The school year consists of 180 school days. Attendance is a key factor in student achievement. Any absence from school represents an educational loss to the student; however, some absences are unavoidable. Any student absent from school must provide a written excuse with the date, reason absent, and signature of parent or legal guardian. The district will consider students lawfully absent under the following circumstances:
  • They are ill and attendance in school would endanger their health or the health of others.
  • There is a death or serious illness in their immediate family.
  • There is a recognized religious holiday of their faith.†
  • They are traveling or attending events that the principal approved in advance as an educational experience.
  • Emergencies and/or extreme hardships are at the discretion of the principal.†
  • Other lawful absences are explained in administrative rule JH-R.†
Chronic or extended illness requires a certification of the illness from the physician or other health care provider. Such statement will become a part of the studentís health file and will be placed in the permanent record. A statement from a physician or other health care provider may be required for the temporary illness of the student or for a death or serious illness in the studentís immediate family.†

The district will consider students unlawfully absent under the following circumstances:†
They are willfully absent from school without the knowledge of their parents.
They are absent without acceptable cause with the knowledge of their parents.
Early Dismissal
Please do not sign your child out of school after 1:45 p.m. except in cases of extreme emergency. Students should not be checked out from the office or taken off the bus after 1:45 †p.m. If a student must be signed out early due to sickness, doctorís appointment or an emergency, a parent must report to the office and sign out the student. Please be certain to limit this to absolute emergencies. If possible, all appointments should be scheduled after school. Only persons designated on the registration card may sign out a child, unless a written statement is received from the parent or legal guardian. We will not take telephone request to change transportation plans. If a doctorís appointment is scheduled for your child during the day, please ask for a written excuse that you can give the attendance clerk for the time missed at school. Please remember, students can not be signed out after 1:45.† Intervention
The district plan for improving student attendance will include, but not be limited to, the following:† Establish reasons for excessive absences/tardies.

After three (3) consecutive unlawful absences, school officials will attempt to notify the parents first by phone and then by letter. After five total absences, school officials will identify the reasons for the child's continued absence and develop a plan in conjunction with the student and the parent to improve future attendance. The board of trustees designates the principal of the school to promptly approve or disapprove any student's absence of more than 10 days.

After three (3) consecutive unlawful absences or a total of five (5) unlawful absences occur, school officials will do the following:

Notify the parent of the absences using the appropriate form. If the attendance clerk is unable to establish contact with the parent for the purpose of developing an intervention plan, the student will be referred in writing to the attendance supervisor who will make every effort to arrange a conference with the parent. Hold a conference with the student and the parent at which time they will identify the reasons for the absences and develop a plan to improve future attendance. The student and the parent will sign this plan. Identify a method to resolve cause of unlawful absences, i.e., influence change in environment, group and/or individual counseling, parent conference and others. Maintain evidence of intervention activities, e.g., copies of letters to parents, intervention plans, etc.† After the plan is in operation, if the student is unlawfully absent again, he/she will be immediately referred to the attendance supervisor with a copy of the attendance card.

After ten (10) unlawful absences, school officials will notify the parent of the absences. School officials will review the plan for improving attendance with the parent and student and again clarify the consequences of continued absences.† The district will refer students who continue to be absent from school unlawfully to the family court. In addition, the principal will be responsible for implementing and expediting the homebound program for students experiencing a prolonged illness or injury requiring them to be absent from school.
Late Entrance
Students are expected to attend school for the full year beginning with the first day of school. For students who enter school after the first 10 days (five days for semester courses) and whose reasons for failing to attend school are not accepted according to board policy, credit can be withheld. Field Trips
Students may be permitted to miss class to participate in approved field trips. Suspension
In-school suspensions will not count as absences. Out-of-school suspensions will count as lawful absences. Routine Scheduled Visits for Dental/Medical/ Mental Health
Students who require routine periodic visits to their orthodontist, dentist, physician, mental health specialist, health department specialist and other health-related professionals should schedule their appointments during non-instructional time. If such visits are required during the school day, appointments should be scheduled at varying times. Lawful absences for these purposes are not to exceed five during the school year. Late Buses
Students who are late to class or school due to tardy arrival of school buses will not be counted absent or tardy. Court Appearances
Student absences resulting from required court appearances will be considered as lawful. Make-Up Work
Work missed due to student absence(s) must be made up within 5 days of the studentís return to school. Homebound InstructionParents who anticipate a studentís absence of more than five consecutive days due to an extended health problem should apply immediately for homebound instruction by calling the school attendance clerk. A student on homebound instruction is not counted absent.† School Board Policy