Kindergarten Attendance Matters

Attend today…achieve tomorrow!

Missing school means missing out on fundamental reading and math skills - especially in the early grades.

Nearly 1 of every 6 kindergarten students in KCS was chronically absent during the 2013-14 school year.

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Compulsory attendance applies to all enrolled kindergarten students…even if they are younger than seven years old.

  • According to NC compulsory attendance law: "Every parent, guardian, or custodian in this State having charge or control of a child under age seven who is enrolled in a public school in grades kindergarten through two shall also cause the child to attend school continuously for a period equal to the time which the public school to which the child is assigned shall be in session unless the child has withdrawn from school."
  • If a student accumulates more than 10 unexcused absences, a truancy petition will be filed and the parent(s)/guardian(s) must appear in court. Even if parents opt in to the parenting program option, they must cover all court fees and attend all assigned parenting classes to receive a continuation of judgement.
  • KCS allows parents/guardians to write a note to excuse absences due to illness or injury for up to 10 absences. Documentation from a medical provider is required to excuse absences in excess of ten.
  • Documentation regarding an absence must be submitted to the school within 48 hours.
  • You can review the KCS attendance policy (#6000) at

Helpful Hints for Parents/Guardians

  • Establish and stick to the basic routines (going to bed early, waking up on time, etc.) that will help your child develop the habit of on-time attendance.
  • Talk to your child about why going to school every day is critical and important unless they are sick. If your child seems reluctant to go to school, find out why and work with the teacher, administrator or school counselor to get them excited about going to school.
  • Come up with back-up plans for who to turn to (another family member, a neighbor or fellow parents) to help you get your child to school if something comes up (e.g. another child gets sick, your car breaks down, etc.).
  • Reach out for help if you are experiencing tough times (e.g. transportation, unstable housing, loss of a job, health problems) that make it difficult to get your child to school. School staff can help you problem solve or connect you to a needed resource.


Contact us.

If you have any questions regarding KCS attendance policies and procedures, contact your child's school or Jessica Grant, KCS Director of Student Services.