Attendance

Proof of attendance

  • Each class will post weekly attendance requirements on the class page (Canvas).

  • A week is defined as Saturday through Friday. Work is posted on Saturday morning and due by the following Friday at midnight (in your time zone).

  • If a student does not meet the attendance requirements for the week, the student will be counted absent.  Failure to submit work timely will also affect the student’s grades.

  • Attendance will be reported weekly based on the amount of work students have completed.

  • Parents and students will be able to view weekly attendance at https://powerschool.btcs.org/public/ . It is the responsibility of the parent and student to check attendance and notify the office of any discrepancies. The office must be alerted within a week after the absences have been posted for any changes to occur. Attendance codes on PowerSchool are as follows: U- Unexcused, A-Excused, DE- Doctor’s Excuse, blank or P-Present.

  • In order to excuse any absence, parents must email or call the TOPS office, and their teacher(s). Please email the office at attendance@tennesseeonlinepublicschool.org. Each teacher’s emails and contact information can be found on his or her Canvas syllabus.  TOPS needs to be alerted before the absence occurs or as early as possible.

  • Excused absences will be excused at the discretion of the TOPS staff. Please keep in mind that students have 7 days to complete their work – not just Monday through Friday.

  • Any doctor’s excuse may be turned in via email, fax, or mail and must be turned in within 2 weeks of the absences.

  • Please keep in mind that even if an absence is excused, the work must still be submitted.  An excused absence may still result in a zero or reduced grade if your teacher is not notified in advance or as soon as possible.  Only your teacher can determine the appropriate make up schedule for missed or late work.

  • Students are allowed 10 days of excused absences before they become truant.

  • Students are allowed 5 days of unexcused absences before they become truant.

  • Students are allowed a total of 15 unexcused absences in any class before the student is dismissed from TOPS.

  • It is expected that, as part of their attendance at TOPS, students regularly check their student emails, and new students complete the Freshman Experience.  Failure to log in to the new student email or complete the Freshman Experience will be grounds for dismissal from TOPS.

Consequences for Truancy

5 days of unexcused absences – a letter is sent home.

10 days of unexcused absences – a letter is sent home and a conference is scheduled.

15 days of unexcused absences – driver’s license is revoked and the student is dismissed from TOPS.

Definitions

  • Absent means a student has not completed the amount of work their teacher has asked for them to complete for the week.

  • Present means a student has completed the amount of work their teacher has asked for them to complete for the week.

  • Truant means that a student has accrued up to 5 absences and could possibly be taken to court.