New School Hours

  • Elementary: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm.  Arrival: Doors will open to elementary schools at 8:00 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.


Attendance is a key factor in student achievement and 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.

Truancy Interventions:

Tier I - All students will be classified in TIER 1 at the beginning of each academic year

  • Parents will be notified in writing on or before the first day of school of the attendance policy and interventions that will be implemented.

  • Families will be notified when student absences occur.

  • Additional follow-up may be made if absences continue.

Tier II (5+ unexcused absences per school year)

  • Parent Conference

  • Creation of Attendance Contract

  • Student support assessment and/or school-level intervention if needed

Tier III (Implemented if any additional unexcused absences occur after TIER 2)

  • Referral to campus court

  • Possible school-based services referral or school-based community service

*When total absences (excused and unexcused) exceed 10% of the school year, the principal or designee may implement the above-tier system.

Cleveland City Schools Student Attendance Policy 6.200