Welcome to the Attendance Department !

  • The Department of Attendance exist to monitor and maintain attendance of students who reside  within the boundaries of the Franklin County School District.  Alabama law (Title 16-28-3, Code of Alabama, 1975) requires that all children between the ages of six and seventeen be enrolled in and attend public school, private school, church school, or to be instructed by a competent private tutor.  In addition, new state law amendments (Ala. code s. 16-28-16, as amended by Act 1999-705) provide that all children who choose to enroll in school even if not of compulsory school age, are subject to the school attendance and truancy laws of the state.  All students should attend school regularly and be punctual for all classes in order to receive the greatest benefit from the instructional program and develop habits of punctuality, self-discipline, and individual responsibility.  There is a direct relationship between poor attendance and class failure.  Students who have good attendance generally achieve higher grades and enjoy school more.  Students who miss more than 18 total days in a school year are considered "chronically absent" by the state and are at a higher risk of negative school outcomes.  Students who miss as little as two days each month miss an entire year of instruction over their K-12 school span. This can have a detrimental effect on achievement and future success.  


    All laws regarding school attendance shall be strictly enforced by the Franklin County Board of Education.

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  • Mr. Barry Laster,  Attendance Officer  

    barrylaster@franklin.k12.al.us                            256-332-1360 ext 1401