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Absences & Tardiness


Students who arrive after 7:50 a.m. are counted tardy and MUST be signed in by a parent or guardian. Students cannot sign themselves into school. According to state law, students leaving before 2:50 p.m. are also counted tardy. State guidelines mandate that your child be in attendance 100% of the school day. The school day at ACES is defined as 7:50 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. Attendance is kept on a state mandated computer system. Students arriving after 7:40 a.m. are tardy. Students who leave before 2:50 are also tardy. Attendance will be calculated using minutes and percentages of days missed instead of simple tardies and half day absences. Minutes missed will add up to tardies and/or an attendance event. An attendance event is anything over 60 minutes in a school day. If a student leaves at any point during the school day this time will accumulate to the percentage of the day/days that they have been absent from school.

Excessive tardies and/or absences from school may lead to contact from school or district staff. Excessive tardies and/or absences that are not remedied may result in district personnel referring the case to the court system. For information about when parents are notified about student tardiness and absences, please refer to the Adair County Code of Pupil Conduct book your child brought home.



It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to notify the school as to the reason for a student’s absence or tardy. THIS MUST BE DONE IN WRITING on the day that the child returns to school. PHONE CALLS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE. We must keep written excuses on file. If you do not send a note, your child is automatically coded as UNEXCUSED. This also applies to tardies. (Refer to attendance policy in Adair County Code of Pupil Conduct manual). If your child is absent from school, you may receive a phone call from the school verifying your child’s absence.

It is the student’s responsibility to get missed assignments from teachers and to complete them in a reasonable time (1-3 days). Teachers are only responsible for allowing students to make up work missed on days that have been declared an excused absence. Students suspended from school for any reason may not make up missed work. Any work missed will result in a zero for that day’s work. All parent notes and doctor notes must be turned into the school no later than five (5) days after the day(s) that were missed.


Adair Co. Elementary School870 Indian Drive
Columbia, KY 42728

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