Attending school on the first day is crucially important. Sterling Montessori receives full state funding for a student ONLY if the student is present on the first day of school, at the minimum 3.5 hours. Charter schools in North Carolina are funded through a formula that’s based on average daily membership, or ADM. 1/20th of the full year funding is deducted each day your child is not enrolled. The state reviews Sterling Montessori’s ADM for the first 20 days of school and determines the school’s per-student funding based on that number. The higher our average membership, the more state funding Sterling Montessori receives.
If a student does not attend school on the first day, the school will contact the student’s parent or guardian. If an enrolled student does not attend Sterling Montessori by the close of business on the third (3rd) day of school, the school’s funding will be negatively affected. Sterling Montessori requires written explanation for the reason of the student’s absence as well as confirmation of the intent to remain enrolled.
In accordance with North Carolina‘s compulsory attendance law, G.S. 115C-378, the school shall notify the parent, guardian, or custodian of his or her child's excessive absences after the child has accumulated 3 unexcused absences in a school year. After 6 unexcused absences, the school shall notify the parent, guardian, or custodian that he or she may be in violation of the Compulsory Attendance Law and may be prosecuted if the absences cannot be justified under the established attendance policies of the State and Sterling Montessori. Once the parents are notified, the school shall work with the child and the child's family to analyze the causes of the absences and determine steps to eliminate the problem.
After 10 accumulated unexcused absences in a school year, the school shall review any report or investigation prepared under G.S. 115C-381 and shall confer with the student and the student’s parent, guardian, or custodian, if possible, to determine whether the parent, guardian, or custodian has received proper notification and made a good faith effort to comply with the law. If the school determines that the parent, guardian, or custodian has not made a good faith effort to comply with the law, the school shall notify the district attorney and the director of social services of the county where the child resides. If, however, the school determines that the parent, guardian, or custodian has made a good faith effort to comply with the law, the school may file a complaint with the juvenile court counselor pursuant to Chapter 7B of the General Statutes that the child is habitually absent from school without a valid excuse. Upon receiving notification by the Executive Director, the director of social services shall determine whether to undertake an investigation under G.S. 7B-302.
The NC Department of Public Instruction defines excused absences as:
- Illness or injury which prevents the student from being physically able to
- Quarantine ordered by the local health official or the State Board of
- Death in the immediate family (includes, but is not necessarily limited to,
grandparents, parents, brothers, and sisters).
- Medical or Dental appointments
- Court or administrative proceedings
- Religious observance
- Educational opportunity (approval must be granted by the Executive
Director one week prior to the absence).
- Educational opportunities will be limited to ten (10) academic days
in one academic calendar.
- Educational opportunity will not be approved as an excused absence
within the first 20 school days of an academic year or during testing
days, accept under special circumstances at the discretion of the
- Absence related to deployment activities: A student whose parent or legal
guardian is an active duty member of the uniformed services and has
been called to duty for, is on leave from, or immediately returned from
deployment to a combat zone.
Any absence not falling into one of these exceptions will be determined to be
an unexcused absence.
Twenty (20) absences of any kind, including whole day absences,
tardy absences, early dismissal absences (excused and unexcused
combined) may be considered as a criteria for retention.
UNSCHEDULED SCHOOL CLOSINGS & DELAYS
Severe weather, including hurricanes and winter storms, is a normal part
of the school year. A determination will be made by the administration in
the event of a weather related closing, delay or early dismissal.
- All weather closings, delays and early dismissals will be posted on
WRAL and the school’s website.
- Sterling Montessori will not provide Before Care when operating on a
delay and will not provide After Care when operating with an early
Note: Sterling Montessori no longer follows WCPSS for weather-related closings.