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Chronic Absenteeism

10 Facts About School Attendance - Attendance Works

  • Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year. Half the students who miss 2-4 days in September go on to miss nearly a month of school. Read more...


  • Over 7 million (1 in 7) U.S. students miss nearly a month of school each year. Read more...


  • Absenteeism and its ill effects start early. One in 10 kindergarten and first grade students are chronically absent. Read more...  


  • Poor attendance can influence whether children read proficiently by the end of third grade or be held back. Read more...


  • By 6th grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school. Read more...


  • Research shows that missing 10 percent of the school, or about 18 days in most school districts, negatively affects a student’s academic performance. That’s just two days a month and that’s known as chronic absence. Read more...


  • Students who live in communities with high levels of poverty are four times more likely to be chronically absent than others often for reasons beyond their control, such as unstable housing, unreliable transportation and a lack of access to health care. Read more...


  • When students improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects and chances for graduating. Read more...


  • Attendance improves when schools engage students and parents in positive ways and when schools provide mentors for chronically absent students. Read more...


  • Most school districts and states don’t look at all the right data to improve school attendance. They track how many students show up every day and how many are skipping school without an excuse, but not how many are missing so many days in excused and unexcused absence that they are headed off track academically.

Enrollment Guidlines

Enrollment Guidelines

Custodial parents must be present to register a child for school. The child must reside with a custodial guardian. The Marshall County School System requires a person to have at least a temporary custody order that is signed by a judge.

The appropriate enrollment forms are listed above. Parents should provide the following when registering their children:

· Birth Certificate                                                                            

· Social Security Card

· Health Record/Physical

· Proof of Residency

· Proof of custody

· Withdrawal from a previous school.

Parents who reside in Marshall County and are planning to home school their children for the 2018-19 school year need to register with the Marshall County School System between the dates of August 1 and August 15, at the Marshall County Board of Education, 700 Jones Circle, Lewisburg, TN 37091.  If a home school student plans to try out for athletics at their zoned school, then all requests and documentation should be filed at the Marshall County Board of Education by August 1, 2018.  The intent to participate in athletics must be completed and filed no later than August 15 of the current school year.  Information and requirements regarding home school athletic participation can be found in Administrative Procedures (4.6R1) on the Marshall County Schools website.  For additional information, please contact the Student Services office of Marshall County Schools 931-359-1581 ext: 2007.



Proof of Residence

Proof of Residence

· Copy of signed lease agreement (including renewed lease agreement, signed valid non-contingent real estate sales contract or signed executed settlement with supporting documentation.

· Minimum of one utility bill (gas, electric, water, or hook-up verification) with physical address or other similar documents.

· Photo ID (driver’s license, passport, state issued ID)

· The resident verification form must be signed with signatures notarized by both parent/guardian and legal resident. The legal resident must be present at a time of registration verifying residence at the Marshall County address.

· Documentation verifying proof of Marshall County resident from the resident stated above.

· Photo ID of both the resident and the parent/guardian (driver license or passport.



Truancy Laws

Marshall County Schools' Attendance Rules and Progressive Truancy Intervention Plan can be accessed under the MCS Board Policy 6.2.


Compulsory School Age is 6 years to the 18th birthday

T.C.A. 49-6-3001 –School age -© (1) Every parent, guardian, or other person residing within this state having control or charge of any child or children between six (6) years of age and seventeen (17) years of age, both inclusive, shall cause such child or children to attend public or non-public school, and in event of failure to do so shall be subject to the penalties hereinafter provided. (The courts have ruled that the word "inclusive" requires a child to attend school until the day before his/her eighteenth birthday.)

T.C.A. 49-6–3007 – Attendance and truancy reports. - (e) (1) It is the duty of the principal or teacher of every public, private or parochial school to report promptly to the superintendent, or to the superintendent’s designated representative, the names of all children who have withdrawn from school, or who have been absent five (5) days (this means an aggregate of five (5) days during the school year and not necessarily five (5) consecutive days) without adequate excuse. Each successive accumulation of five (5) unexcused absences by a student shall also be reported.

T.C.A. 49-6–3009 – Penalty for Violations - (a) Any parent, guardian or other person who has control of a child, or children, and who violates the provisions of this part commits a Class C misdemeanor.

(b) Each day's unlawful absence constitutes a separate offense.

T.C.A. 40-35–111 – Terms of Imprisonment or Fines - (3) Class C misdemeanor, not greater than thirty (30) days or a fine not to exceed fifty dollars ($50.00), or both, unless otherwise provided by statute.

Driver's License


Students seeing to obtain a driver’s license permit or a license must obtain a "certificate of compliance" from the school in which they are enrolled. The "Certificate of Compliance" takes into consideration a student’s academic advancement and attendance (See REVOCATION.. below:)



Under Tennessee Code 49-6-3017, the school system is also required to report to the Department of Safety any student not in compliance due to one of the following:

A student who fails to maintain satisfactory academic progress (making a passing grade) based on end of semester grading in three (3) full unit subjects or their equivalency.

A student who misses ten (10) consecutive or fifteen (15) cumulative days of unexcused absences during a single semester. Out–of-school suspension, expulsion, or confinement in a correctional institution is considered as an unexcused absence under the law.



Once a student has received notice from the Department of Safety that their driver’s license has been revoked, he/she may request reinstatement of their driver’s license when he/she proves satisfactory academic progress (making a passing grade) in at least three (3) full unit subjects or their equivalency at the conclusion of any grading period (usually a nine-weeks or semester-end grading period).

A student desiring reinstatement of their license must request a reinstatement certificate from their home school after meeting the above criteria. The certificate may then be presented at the driver’s testing station.


Homeschool Information

Amanda Roberts, Coordinator

For Homeschool information please contact Amanda Roberts at the Marshall County School Board.  


See Helpful Links for more information.

Anti-Bullying and Violence Prevention

Marshall County Schools is dedicated to the prevention of bullying in our school district.  If a student feels he/she has been bullied, please report it to your teacher, counselor, or administrator immediately.

District Contact for Anti-Bullying:  Ginger Tepedino, Student Services Supervisor 931-359-1581


"A person is bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending himself or herself."

This definition includes three important components:

1. Bullying is aggressive behavior that involves unwanted, negative actions.
2. Bullying involves a pattern of behavior repeated over time.
3. Bullying involves an imbalance of power or strength.


See Helpful Links for more information on Bullying and Suicide Prevention.

Homeless / Migrant

Marshall County Schools Homeless Liaison and Migrant Liaison:

Primary:  Julie Thomas, Special Populations Supervisor

Secondary:  Ginger Tepedino, Student Services Supervisor


Marshall County is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Marshall County Schools do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.1 The following people has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:


Julie Thomas, Special Populations, Federal Projects, and Title Supervisor
Marshall County Board of Education, 700 Jones Circle, Lewisburg, TN 37091
Telephone No: 931-359-1581

Tres Beasley, Supervisor of Support Services
Marshall County Board of Education, 700 Jones Circle, Lewisburg, TN 37091

Ginger Tepedino, Supervisor of Student Services and Attendance
Marshall County Board of Education, 700 Jones Circle, Lewisburg, TN 37091
Telephone No: 931-359-1581


School Counseling

Marshall County Schools Counseling Mission Statement

The mission of the Marshall County Counseling Program is to assist ALL students in their quest to become productive citizens and responsible life learners through their academic development, personal and social growth, and career readiness.



Marshall County Schools Counseling Vision Statement

The vision of Marshall County Counseling Program will provide the atmosphere of security, acceptance, and encouragement as student work to reach their fullest potential in the areas of academics, career, and personal-social development. The school counseling program is continuously being assessed and improved through systematic review of student performance data and school climate awareness.



Marshall County Schools Counseling Belief Statement

1.       All students can learn and achieve academic success when encouraged and nurtured in a safe, respectful environment.

2.       By meeting the psychological, safety, relationship, and self-esteem needs of ALL students, they become productive citizens and responsible lifelong learners through their academic development, personal and social growth, and career readiness.

3.       The school counselor will actively identify and provide additional support for children with at risk characteristics and utilize a team approach to eliminate barriers.

4.       The school counselor will conduct activities to promote a positive school climate.

5.       The school counselor will assist ALL students’ pursuit in attaining a postsecondary opportunity.


Marshall County Counselors:

Marshall County High School - Blair Goodman, Jeanne Wiles

Lewisburg Middle School - Chris Coleman

Westhills Elementary - Stephanie O'Neal

Marshall Elementary - Carroll Cope

Oak Grove Elementary - Robyn Padgett

Cornersville Elementary - Debbie Gage

Cornersville School - Edna Londa

Chapel Hill Elementary - Pamela Gentry

Delk Henson Intermediate - Mignonne Sawyer

Forrest School - Susan Wild, Becky Cheatham

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