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Attendance Policy for Spotsylvania County Schools


Dear Parent/Guardian:

Beginning September 5, 2017, SCPS will implement new attendance reporting practices to comply with Virginia Compulsory Attendance Law 22.1-254.  Per updated state regulation, the following changes will be effective from the start of the 2017-18 school year:

Please note: these changes apply only to unexcused absences.

  • At the fifth unexcused absence, the school is required to initiate an attendance improvement plan.
  • At the sixth unexcused absence, the school is required to have an attendance conference with the student’s parent/guardian.
  • At the seventh unexcused absence, the division is required to contact the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court intake to file a complaint alleging the student is a child in need of supervision (CHINSup) or to institute proceeding against the parent/guardian.

As a reminder, upon returning to school, students who are absent must bring a note, signed by a parent/guardian, stating the reason for absence.  This note should be turned into the school office.  For more information about our absence practices, please reference page 15 of the 2017-18 Parent-Student Handbook that is posted online at under the Parent tab on the homepage.  A copy of the handbook will also be sent home with each student by the end of the first week of school.

Daily and punctual school attendance is essential to each student’s academic development.  We appreciate your support in ensuring your child attends school.  If you have any questions regarding the new attendance policy requirements, please contact your child’s school.