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Every Day Counts

School attendance is important every day and we recognize that it takes internal toughness to make it to school on a daily basis.Attendance Takes GRIT

The Office of Attendance is focused on helping students achieve in school and in life by encouraging the good habit of attending school every day and being on time. Our goal is for students to attend school regularly. It is important for students to learn this habit in Pre-K and continue with that habit through graduation.

Did you know…

• School Attendance is strictly enforced by State Law.

• When your child is absent from school verification by a parent or physicians note must be provided to the school within three (3) school days of the student’s return in order for the date(s) of absence(s) to be considered excused.

• Illness of a student verified in writing by a parent/guardian may not exceed ten (10) total days per school year. Please contact the school’s guidance counselor or Administration if your child has a medical condition that may require frequent absences from school. Documentation will need to be provided.

• If your child accumulates five (5) or more unexcused days absent from school, a meeting with the School administrator will be required. A parent will be subject to legal proceedings if attendance does not improve.

• Students who just miss a day or two a month can end up designated as chronically absent.

• Students who are chronologically absent drop-out more often than students who attend regularly and score lower on state assessments than students with better attendance.

• Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up. Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.

Attendance Home School Staff: 

Hal VanMetre, Director Attendance Home School 


Rachel Stein, Secretary III


Spring Mills District Schools:

Audrey Munyan


Hedgesville District Schools:

Marianne Thomas


Musselman District Schools:  

Kelly Piepenbrink


Martinsburg District Schools:

Wendy Cox