In Tennessee the Compulsory School Attendance Law (TCA 49-6-3001) requires children (ages 6 - 17, inclusive) to attend school each day unless they have an adequate excuse for missing. A student could be summoned to court for as few as 5 ABSENCES WITHOUT OFFICIAL DOCUMENTATION.
The following are "official/adequate excuses" that should be turned in to the attendance secretary: doctor/hospital notes court notes funeral notice military deployment paperwork
TN Law (TCA 49-6-3019) allows the following for out of the country deployments:
1 excused absence when the parent leaves for deployment
1 excused absence when the parent returns at the end of deployment
Up to 10 days excused when the parent is home from deployment for Rest and Recuperation Leave.
Military paperwork/documentation MUST be provided to the school for these to be excused.
HIGH SCHOOL (CREDITS ONLY)
Earning credits and Law are different issues. Students should not miss more than 9 days in a class in a semester in order to EARN CREDITS.
ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL (PROMOTION ONLY)
Promotion and Law are different issues. Students should not miss more than 27 days in a school year in order to be PROMOTED.