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Attendance Clerk

Tracy Dempsey
(803) 476 - 8605

The Attendance desk is located just inside the main entrance of the school. All early dismissals must include first and last name of student, date and time of dismissal, and parent contact number.

Early Dismissal PolicyStudents are not excused from school any time during the day without the attendance office having notification from parents prior to leaving.  All early dismissal excuses are to be turned in to the attendance office at the beginning of the block.  Acceptable forms of notification include an email from the parent with a contact number. Phone calls are not acceptable forms of notification. Students must be signed out by parent if acceptable form of notification is not on file with attendance. The same criteria for regular absences are used to determine whether an early dismissal is lawful or unlawful.

Parents/Guardians arriving to pick up their child for early dismissal

Students leaving school early will be called to the front office at the time on the note (email). The parent/guardian should remain in their vehicle until they are contacted by front office staff. Masks should be worn before entering the building, and proper identification will be required for parents/guardians.

Please note that unscheduled early student pick up may require wait time. We know that emergencies happen and that some student early departures can not be planned or scheduled. Our staff will work with families during these emergency situations to release students as quickly as possible, while maintaining safety procedures and protocols. 

Absence and Excuses:A note from a parent/guardian, physician, dentist or other recognized licensed certified medical practitioner or legal officer is required for each absence.  The note must be dated and must include the date(s) of absence(s), the reason(s) for the absence(s), the telephone number of the parent/guardian and the required signature.  The note must be presented to attendance office within 72 hours of the student’s return to school.  The reason for the absence given on the note determines whether it will be recorded as a lawful or unlawful absence.  A note not properly submitted according to the terms of this policy will cause the absence to be recorded as unlawful.


Parent notes alone are not considered legal excuses and will count toward the total of allowed unexcused absences.

Lawful Absences:

  • Absences that are excused by a doctor or other medical professional.
  • Death in the immediate family (parent, grandparent or sibling)
  • Court appearances
  • A recognized religious holiday
  • Special circumstances approved in advance by the principal/ director (teachers do not have the authority to approve absences for special circumstances. You must get approval from an administrator).

Information on the Attendance Procedures from the South Carolina State Department of Education can be found at the link provided below.