Excused Absences

For excused absences, students will have twice the number of absent days when they return to make up all missed assignments, tests, or quizzes.

When a student is absent, parents should e-mail the school by 8:00 a.m. For lower campus students (TK-6th grade), e-mail TK6attendance@GRACEChristian.net. For upper campus students (7th-12th grade), e-mail 712attendance@GRACEChristian.net. The parent or student should check Talon for missed homework assignments.

  • Verified doctor or dental appointment: Appointments should be arranged after school hours whenever possible.
  • Verified illness of a student: Please note, being tired or sleepy does not constitute an excused absence.
  • Extended Illness: (such as mono, concussion, chronic health issues, etc.): Students must provide official documentation that they are unable to attend school and may be granted virtual access to classes.
  • Bereavement: Three days are typically allowed for immediate family, but this may be altered at the discretion of the administrator.

School Approved Absences

  • School sponsored events.
  • Planned Absences: Students may receive approval for up to five days of planned absences for family events and vacations and/or educational trips or church activities per year. Parents must notify the school office by completing a Notice of Planned Absence Form (found on the Forms page) and submitting it electronically at least one week in advance of the first day the student will be absent from school.
  • For middle and high school students: Projects, papers, etc. assigned more than a week in advance of the absence are expected to be submitted on time (electronically) if due during the planned absence. Students should discuss their planned absence with their teachers prior to missing class and make arrangements to complete all missing assignments.
  • Juniors and seniors are allowed two extra planned absence days to be used for college visits.
  • After five absences, subsequently planned absences will be coded as unexcused and students will receive a 50% reduction in grades for assignments and tests that are made up for the excess days.

Unexcused Absences

  • All other absences unless approved by the principal.
  • See Tardies for unexcused absences as a result of excessive tardies.
  • All work missed due to an Unexcused Absence will result in a 50% reduction in grade for all work completed and turned in as scheduled. Work not made up by the teacher’s stated deadline will not be accepted and will receive a grade of zero (0).
  • For unexcused absences, students will be required to make up all missed assignments, including tests, as scheduled by the teacher.

Excessive Absences

The State of North Carolina and the school’s accrediting bodies require students to be in class a minimum number of seat hours to receive credit for that class toward graduation.

Absences of over 20 days in any one subject (without a doctor’s note to verify illness) may result in failure to pass that class and may jeopardize a student’s future enrollment at GRACE.

Absences (excused PLUS unexcused) totaling more than 10 class periods in any subject per semester are cause for concern and may jeopardize a student’s ability to successfully complete the class. Excessive absences may result in a student having to make up seat hours for that class after school, on Saturdays, or during exam week. Attendance will be taken during Chapel and community building, and students will be expected to participate during these periods.

GRACE administration will work with the student and family, but since we do not offer any homebound services, there may be times when a student is not able to complete the work for a class because of their inability to physically be in the classroom. No assignment can fully replace the live, experienced interaction that comes from a teacher conducting a lesson or introducing a skill. The nature of the absences, the circumstances involving the student, and the course itself all combine to determine the percentage of time that may be missed and still allow students to complete a subject. Medical documentation supplied by the student’s doctor must be provided to the administrator.

The administration will take into consideration exceptional circumstances when considering the best solution for each student, which may include withdrawing from the GRACE course and replacing the credit with an online course.

Last modified: 22 July 2021