Mary Ann Hunziker, Attendance Secretary
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  • BCPS Truancy Information (includes BCPS Code of Conduct, Code of Virginia)
  • Students are expected to attend school all day, every day. 
  • For Chronic Absenteeism, the Commonwealth of Virginia classifies students who miss more than 10% of the school year as Chronically Absent, regardless of whether the absences are excused or unexcused. 
  • Students with 5 unexcused absences will be notified of the truancy process and asked to develop a plan to improve attendance. 
  • Excessive unexcused absences will result in a referral to the Bedford County Juvenile Court. 
  • Students with 10 or more parent-excused absences will be notified of the truancy process and required to submit official documentation for any future absences. 


  • Family activities that require students to be absent from school must be pre-arranged and approved by the principal. Students are responsible for informing teachers and obtaining all assignments related to the absence. 
  • The principal may deny requests for students with a significant number of absences, even if they are excused.
  • Note that pre-arranged absences DO COUNT towards truancy, 
  • No more than 10  parent-excused absences will be accepted in a school year. 
  • Pre-Arranged Absence Form