The Bledsoe County Board of Education firmly supports and enforces all Tennessee laws regarding compulsory school attendance. I believe that, first and foremost, this responsibility lies with the parents. Children must be trained at an early age that attending school is vital to be successful in life. This same responsibility of attendance not only applies to the lives of our children while they attend school, but will carry on in life with attendance in college and on the job. 

If your child misses school regularly or is habitually tardy, he/she may be showing early signs of truancy. Students must remember:

  • It is the student's responsibility to arrive on time and attend all classes.
  • It is the student's responsibility to notify teachers and staff when absent and request/complete make-up assignments. 

A student's presence in class is required to maximize the attainment of instructional goals and objectives. For students who exhibit patterns of non-attendance, interventions will be initiated. The habit of truancy is not acceptable in Bledsoe County Schools and will not be tolerated. 

PARENTS: As of November 1, 2011, we initiated an absentee calling system. If your child is absent, you WILL receive a phone call from the Board of Education, notifying you of the recorded absence and reminding you of the TN State Laws regarding school attendance. You should ensure that your child brings the required documentation to verify the reason for the absence, and hopefully, that documentation will allow the absence to be counted as EXCUSED.

Mr. Brian Turner, Attendance Supervisor, joined the Bledsoe County Staff as a finance teacher at Bledsoe County Vocational School. After working there a few years, Brian then moved to Central Office to take the responsibilities of Transportation, Maintenance, and Attendance. 

(Brian Turner, Attendance Supervisor)