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Bryan Co. attendance policy changes, discussed during Board of Education meeting

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Some parents in Bryan County are up in arms about a change to the School District's attendance policy. Thursday night, they had a chance to voice their concerns.

We headed out to the Board of Education meeting where Superintendent, Dr. Paul Brooksher explained the new protocol. Going forward, the district will only accept medical documentation for a personal or serious illness.

Brooksher telling the crowd he understands that parents will not take their kids to the doctor every time they are sick. Without a doctor's note, the absence is considered "unexcused." 

Dr. Brooksher saying the word "unexcused" and its meaning is what parents need to fully comprehend.

"Right now, we have to change mindsets about unexcused absences and that's hard to do," said Dr. Paul Brooksher, Superintendent, Bryan County Schools. "Here's the difference, after five unexcused absences at the elementary school and middle school level, or three unexcused absences per semester at the high school level, parents will receive a letter."

Dr. Brooksher going on to say that after seven unexcused absences at the elementary or middle school level, or five at the high school level within a semester, parents will be invited in to discuss the absences.

He says it's all about making sure students do not fall behind academically. Parents we spoke to agree.

"Everybody's first reaction is to stand up and say no," said Yvette Asplund, Bryan County Parent. "So, preparing parents to understand that yes, the protocol is changing, we will explain more as the school year gets on, we know you're going to have a lot of questions, know that it's okay to reach out to us."

Parents still left with questions about the attendance policy protocol changes can reach out to their child's school for answers.

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