Mission and Goals of Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS)

In order to provide the opportunity for greater academic, career, and social success, it is the goal of Baltimore County Public Schools to ensure that students attend school on a regular basis. Good attendance positively impacts academic performance and leads to maximum student potential. In an increasingly technological society, our students need to graduate from school with academic and life survival skills that will make them competitive and socially secure in modern society.

Baltimore County Public Schools is committed to finding ways to encourage students to attend school regularly. School personnel, parents, and communities must work together to keep students focused on the goals of finishing school and earning a high school diploma. Schools are encouraged to implement policies that support system-wide attendance goals and maintain high expectations concerning student attendance. The development and implementation of the school system’s goals must have the direct involvement and cooperation of parents and the community.

The Code of Maryland Regularion (COMAR) 13A.08.01 (Students – general Regulations) requires that all public school systems have a student attendance policy. Baltimore County Public Schools Attendance Policy 5120 complies with state law.


Attendance Rate

There is a strong and positive correlation between student attendance and student achievement. Regular, full day attendance at school ensures that the students maximize their opportunities to learn and collaborate with their peers. Thus, we strongly encourage parents to make certain students are present, on time, and ready to learn. MSDE and BCPS require students to have a 94% attendance rate.  Six days absent for the first two quarters would be approximately 94%.


Lawful Absences

  • Illness of the the student
  • Death in the immediate family
  • Court summons
  • Religious holiday
  • Suspension
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