Policy 4160

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DROPOUT PREVENTION   Policy Code:   4160

The Chatham County Board of Education is concerned about students who choose to leave school and is committed to developing ways to help young people stay in school, provide them with the support they need to be successful and help them return to school after a withdrawal.


Dropout Prevention

It is the goal of the board of education to create a caring, supportive and challenging environment for students at risk of dropping out of school. In support of this goal the school district shall implement a dropout prevention plan which sets specific goals and identifies strategies to reduce the number of students who drop out of school each year. The plan will outline specific strategies, activities, resources and evaluation measures for each of these goals and serve as a guide for the district's comprehensive effort in dropout prevention.

Each secondary school is expected to include strategies for decreasing dropouts in its school improvement plan. These strategies should include innovative methods for combating absenteeism and providing additional support for students who may be at risk of dropping out of school. Students at risk of dropping out and their families are expected to seek help with any problems relative to the students' behavior and academic shortcomings.


School principals and counselors shall refer students who drop out of school to appropriate services as they may be available in the school system, the community, an appropriate technical school, the community college system or other referral sources. A student who drops out shall be informed that his/her driver's permit or license is subject to revocation if he/she drops out.


Students who have voluntarily withdrawn from the Chatham County Schools are encouraged to reenter school in order to continue their formal education. Upon receipt of a request for readmission, a principal may request a conference with the student and his/her parents to discuss any problems, such as discipline or academic problems, that the student previously encountered and to determine strategies that may assist the student in successfully completing his/her academic course of study.

Students who have been involuntarily withdrawn from school due to expulsion, may request readmission pursuant to the guidelines in policy 4362, Readmission of Expelled Students.

Legal References: G.S. 20-11, -13.2; 115C-36, -47(32); State Board of Education Policy HSA-Q-001

Cross References: Readmission of Expelled Students (policy 4362) Adopted: June 17, 1997

Revised: August 28, 2006

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