Elementary: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm. Arrival: Doors will open to elementary schools at 7:45 a.m.
Dismissal: Car riders will begin dismissal at 3:30 p.m.; Bus riders will be dismissed as buses arrive at the school after 3:30 pm.
CMS: 7:30 am - 2:30 pm. Arrival: Doors will open at Cleveland Middle at 7:00 a.m.
Dismissal: Car rider and bus rider students will be dismissed at 2:30 pm.
CHS: 7:30 am - 2:30 pm. Arrival: Doors will open at Cleveland High at 7:00 a.m. Dismissal: Students will dismiss at 2:30 p.m. to buses and cars.
K-12 Student Attendance Guide
Attendance is a key factor in student achievement and is required by the State of Tennessee Compulsory School Attendance Law (TCA-49-6-3001).
Parent notes for an excused absence will be accepted for a total of three (3) days per semester or six (6) total absences per year. Any additional excused absence for personal illness must be accompanied by a doctor’s note within five (5) school days of the student’s return.
Excused absences include: personal illness, death in the family, extreme weather conditions, religious observances, college visits, pregnancy, school-sponsored or endorsed activities, summons to court, and circumstances which in the judgment of the principal, create emergencies over which the student has no control.
Progressive Truancy Plan:
Tier I - Prevention-Oriented Supports
Attendance Guide will be published to parents/students prior to the start of the school year
Families will be notified when student absences occur
Additional follow-up will be made by the school admin/designee if a student accumulates (5) unexcused absences
Tier II - Campus Court Mediation (6+ unexcused absences per school year)
The conference scheduled with student, parent, school personnel, and Juvenile Court mediator
Conference notes and the creation of an attendance agreement will be drafted by all participants
A review date will be set for all Tier II cases
Tier III - Campus Court Review/Services (Implemented if more unexcused absences occur after TIER 2)
● Review meeting scheduled with all participants
● Referral by the mediator to services deemed necessary
● Referral by the mediator to “Behavioral Unit” if deemed necessary
● Further absences or non-compliance will result in a petition to Juvenile Court
*If Tier II or Tier III are unsuccessful with a student and the school can document that the student’s parent is unwilling to cooperate with the truancy intervention plan, then a referral may be made to Bradley County Juvenile Court without having to implement subsequent intervention tiers.
*When total absences (excused and unexcused) exceed 10% of the school year, the principal or designee may implement the above tier system.
*If a student is counted unexcused for a tardy or a check out (5) times this action equals (1) unexcused absence.
*Link to Cleveland City Schools Student Attendance Policy 6.200
*Student disciplinary consequences may be enforced at the recommendation of the building administrator in conjunction with attendance personnel. These consequences might include in-school suspension, community service and citations.
*More than ten consecutive or fifteen total (excused or unexcused absences) by a student during any semester renders a student ineligible to retain a driver’s permit or license, or to obtain such if of age. In order to qualify for reclaiming a driver’s license or permit, a student must pass at least (3) full credit courses at the conclusion of any grading period and have satisfactory attendance.