County Attendance Policy Information
Mercer County Schools does not tolerate chronic truancies. Parents of Spanishburg Elementary students who are frequently truant will find themselves in front of a judge. Parents will be referred to the Department of Health and Human Resources for parenting classes, financial assistance, counseling, health evaluations, and other services.
Approved absences are limited to illness or injury, medical appointments, calamities, death in the family, school-approved curricular or extracurricular activities, religious holidays, legal obligations, and failure of the bus to run. Students must submit written verification from parents, guardians and/or doctors for each of the above absences.
Data clearly indicate that poor school attendance usually precedes dropping out. In America, seven thousand students drop out of school every day. Eight out of ten dropouts end up in prison at some point in their lives. Dropouts are also far more likely to be unemployed or underemployed, live below the poverty line, and become involved with illegal activities.