The faculty and administration of Bangor Christian Schools believe that regular classroom attendance is necessary for a successful learning experience and that responsibility for attendance rests with students and their families.  State law mandates that school be in session for 175 days each year.  We believe that a student should be in attendance over 90% of that time in order to earn academic credit.  Missed class time cannot be duplicated through make-up work.  A student is expected to be in school every day that school is in session unless legally excused.  The school administration will determine legal absences according to Maine State Statutes.

Once a student has been absent from school for fifteen days, the principal will have a meeting with the student and his/her parents. The purpose for this meeting will be to review the school attendance policy and to see if there are any circumstances that would indicate if any of these absences might be considered legitimately excused. After the twentieth absence, the student and parents must meet with an attendance committee to review these absences. This committee will consist of the assistant principal and at least two members  of the advisory board. Parents will be asked to provide documentation that should indicate if any of the twenty absences may be classified, under state law, as excused.  Bangor Christian Schools reserves the right to retain at his/her current grade level any elementary or middle school student who accumulates  more than twenty unexcused absences during a given school year. The school also reserves the right to withhold credit from any course in which a high school student has missed more than twenty classes.

Absence will only be excused for the following reasons:

  1. Personal illness (if a student is ill for only a portion of the day, please do not send the student to school later that day).
  2. An appointment with a health professional that must be made during the regular school day (note from health professional required).
  3. Observance of a recognized religious holiday when the observance is required during the regular school day.
  4. A family emergency.
  5. A planned absence for a personal or educational purpose, which has been pre-approved with the administration. (See Make-up policy) 

NOTE:  If a student is going to be absent or dismissed from school for one of the above reasons, a parent must call the school between 7:30 and 8:15 a.m. on or before the day of the absence.  Any un-verified absence will be considered an un-excused absence.

Un-Excused Absences (Skipping School/Truancy)

If a student misses school without prior approval of the parents and the administration, the absence is un-excused.  Students will receive zeros for the day for un-excused absences.