Attendance Policy

Darlington County School District Student Attendance Policy


State law requires all children between the ages of five and 17 to attend a public or private school or kindergarten.  A parent whose child or ward is not six years old on or before September 1st of the school year may waive kindergarten attendance for his/her child.


The board expects children to attend school regularly.  Regular attendance is necessary if students are to make the desired academic and social progress.


Attendance is the presence of a student on days when school is in session.  The school year consists of 180 school days.  Schools may count students present only when they are actually in school, on homebound/homebased instruction or are present at a school activity that is authorized by the school.  This may include field trips and similar curriculum-related activities.


In order for high school students to receive credit for their courses (Carneqie unit), a student must be in attendance 120 hours per unit.


Adopted 10/24/89, Revised 9/11/00, 6/9/03