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Attendance Information and Absences




Students are not permitted to leave school with anyone other than a parent, guardian, or designated adult unless prior parental consent is on file in our system. The authorized adult must provide photo ID and sign the student out in the office in order for the student to leave. Students will not be called from the class until the authorized adult signs them out in the office. Students will not be allowed to check out after 3:30 p.m.




Cabarrus County Schools’ attendance policy is explained in detail here.


Students must be at school for at least half of the day (3.5 hours) in order to be counted present for the day.  Students having appointments with doctors or dentists are encouraged to return to school after these appointments.


The principal may withhold credit for students who accumulate 20 or more absences in a class during the course of the school year. Parents will be notified when students accumulate three, six, ten, and fifteen absences during the school year. Student attendance will be a factor when considering student promotion or retention.




Students who have been absent from school must have their parent complete the online absence form located on the Harris Road Middle School website. In addition to the online form, doctor's documentation for illness/injury/medical appointments can be submitted to the office. All absences will be coded as unexcused unless the online form is completed.  After submitting the online form or doctor's documentation, please allow 72 business hours for the change to reflect in Powerschool.  


Students who are absent, whether the absence is lawful or unlawful, have the opportunity and the responsibility to make up missed work. The student should make arrangements with the teacher on the day he/she returns to school to complete this work within a 3 day period. Students with extended illnesses will be granted additional make up time. Students who are absent or who know they will be absent for fewer than 3 days should check the class webpage and/or contact the teacher to receive their work. Students absent for a longer period of time should contact teachers via email to secure make-up work. We ask that the student be absent for a period of at least three days before requesting assignments.


Students can apply for absences to be excused for educational opportunities by submitting an Educational Opportunity Form to the principal. Forms must be submitted before the absence occurs and completely filled out.




To help insure a quality instructional program, all of our students must be in class on time.  The staff of Harris Road Middle School has adopted the following tardy policy.


Students who are tardy to school must check in at the office first. Tardies will be determined as excused or unexcused according to the state attendance policy (see attendance policy). Tardies will be tracked for each semester (½ year).  Tardy count will reset at the beginning of each semester.


Tardy Consequences


  • 1st Tardy - Warning
  • 2nd Tardy - Warning
  • 3rd Tardy - Lunch Detention
  • 4th Tardy - After School Detention (Wednesday School)
  • 5th Tardy - After School Detention (Wednesday School)
  • 6 or more Tardies - In School Suspension (ISS) for each offense