Regular attendance at school and promptness for classes are necessary if each student is to benefit from the programs and instruction offered at SMS.  Each student should strive for a perfect attendance record.  State law requires a student to attend school for three hours and thirty minutes to be counted present for that day.  The following is a summary of the current Sevier County Board of Education policy.

Absences and tardies will be classified as either excused or unexcused as determined by the principal or his/her designee using the following criteria as set forth by the Board.  excused absences and tardies result from the following:
1. Personal illness
2. Illness of immediate family member
3. Death in the family
4. Extreme weather conditions
5. Religious observaances
6. School bus failure
7. Circumstances which in judgement of the principal create emergencies over which the student has NO control

Please note that other absences and tardies will be unexcused.

Daily Schedule

The school day at SMS begins at 8:05 a.m. and ends at 3:05 a.m.  Students who arrive before 7:50 a.m. must go directly to the assigned grade level area. Students will be dismissed from the gym at 7:50 a.m. to report to homerooms. No student should arrive at school before 7:15 a.m. The front doors will open at 7:15 a.m. If a student is late for school and arrives after 8:05 a.m. he/she must bring a note signed by the parent including a phone number where the parent can be reached. Unexcused tardies will result in disciplinary action.


Each semester students are allowed to provide 5 parent notes for absences. These notes may only cover one day.  After 5 parent notes are used, students must provide a doctor's note in order for absences to be excuses.  The State School Compulsory Attendance Law, TN annotated 49-6-3006, requires the school system to file a juvenile truancy petition once a student accrues 5 unexcused absences from school. Please note that the attendance record does not start over with the spring semester.  Students participating in school-sponsored activities will not be counted absent.  All missed classwork or tests must be made up when a student has an excused absence or is out of class on a school-sponsored activity. When a student's absence is unexcused, the student will be allowed to make up tests missed. An example of a parent note is on SMS Website - at the bottom of the page.

Early Dismissal

If it is necessary for a student to leae school early, a parent or an adult listed on the authorization card must come in the office to check the student out. Classes missed will be excused for the same reasons as a full day excused absence. Any student absent for an excusable reason is responsible for completing work missed as a result of leaving early. No student is to be picked up after 2:30 p.m. unless he/she has a doctor's appointment in order to be fair to all parents who wait due to traffic. Please do not ask our front office to be lenient on the policy unless one has proof of a doctor's appointment. Please keep in mind that learning is our focus and it is very hard when one is missing valuable instruction time.

Family Vacation

A total of five (5) school days per school year may be excused by the building level administration for a family vacation prior to the student going on vacation. Approval will be dependent upon student's attendance and academic record. Longer periods of time must be requested and approved by the Superintendent of Sevier County Schools. Please do not request a vacation during the week of TCAP. Forms that must be filled out are on the SMS Website - at the bottom of the page.

SMS Tardy

The SMS Tardy Policy is:

1. Four unexcused tardies per semester - parent notification by school personnel.

2. After four unexcused tardies a student will have 1 day of ISS each time they are tardy.

Excused Tardies

Tardies will be excused for the following reasons: personal illness, illness of family member, death in the family, extreme weather conditions, religious observances, school bus failure, doctor's appointments, and other circumstances which the principal deems as an emergency over which the student has no control .

* Medical notes may be required for illness.

Unexcused Tardies

Students are allowed 4 unexcused tardies per semester. Examples of unexcused tardies include oversleeping, car trouble, power outage, missing the school bus, etc.