School starts at 8:30 am Students may begin entering classrooms at that time. Those students who arrive after 8:45 am are considered tardy and must be signed in by their parents in the main office in B Building. Students not signed in by their parent will be considered to have an unexcused tardy for the day. Attendance in school is central to a student’s educational success. To be counted as present, a student must be in attendance at least one-half of the school day. Sterling requests that families call the office the morning that their child is to be absent for notification. Excused absences include court proceedings, a death in the family, illness or injury, medical/dental appointments, quarantine, and religious observances. For the school year, we have an attendance phone line where parents can call in to record their student’s absence from school. Call the main number (919) 462-8889 and press 9 for the attendance line. You must call in if you want your child’s absence to be classified as excused. Too many unexcused absences will require meetings and possible disciplinary measures. Please take advantage of this system. If you know your student is going to miss 5 or more days, an Absence Form is required. This form is available in the front office or by clicking on the link above.
Excused Absence Forms not returned within two days of the student’s return, or for excuses not listed above will result in an unexcused absence. Three (3) unexcused absences in a year will result in a notification from the school. Six (6) unexcused absences will result in a written notification and a family conference. Ten (10) unexcused absences will result in a review of the situation by the Attendance Committee to determine if the family made a good faith effort to follow North Carolina’s Compulsory Attendance Law (115C-378). Students who have ten or more unexcused absences may be referred to social services and/or the court. Students with excessive absences during the year will be referred to the Attendance Committee to make a recommendation on whether or not the student shall be retained. The Executive Director will have final say on the decision. For all absences, the student shall make up all work in a timely manner at the convenience of the teacher.