Sally Collins

Administrative Assistant/Attendance

West Creek Elementary
E-mail: sally.collins@cmcss.net
Phone: (931) 802-8637

About Me

I have been working for CMCSS for 15 years as an Administrative Assistance/Attendance. Married to my wonderful husband of 25 years with 2 children and 4 grandchildren. I enjoy scrapebooking, photography in my spare time and traveling. If you have any questions regarding attendance, Powerschool information or student records, please contact me.


Student Attendance



NOTE: The attendance policy applies to all students K-12. Suspensions are counted as unexcused absences.



The Compulsory School Attendance Law in Tennessee (TCA-49-6-3001) requires children (ages 6-17 inclusive) to attend school each day. A student who has been absent five (5) days (this means an aggregate of five days during the school year and not necessarily five consecutive days) without adequate excuse is considered truant and may be summoned to court for as few as 5 absences (TCA-49-6-3007).



The following are “official/adequate excuses” that should be turned in to the attendance secretary in the school office:



*Medical note for the student (doctor, dentist, hospital, etc.)



*Up to 5 parent notes per school year for student illness not requiring a doctor visit (submit within 5 school days of absence)



*Court note for the student



*Funeral notice (newspaper/program from the funeral home)



*Military deployment paperwork-for military dependents, TN Law (TCA 49-6-3019) allows the following for out of country deployments 12 months or longer:



*1 excused absence when the parent leaves for deployment



*1 excused absence when the parent returns at the end of deployment



*Up to 10 days excused absences when the parent is home from the deployment for Rest and Recuperation



**Local policy also allows up to 5 consecutive days of excused absences when the parent deployment is less than 12 months(before or after deployment) Military paperwork/documentation MUST be provided to the school for these to be excused.

posted 9/9/2014 2:50:00 PM