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The Booneville School board approved in July a change to the semester test exemption policy for the 2019-2020 school year.

Junior High School principal Josh Walker said the existing policy could be punitive to some students who make good grades but have misfortune incidents like family or medical issues that require an extended absence.

In previous years the policy stipulated four absences, regardless of whether excused or not, with a grade of an A; three absences with a B grade; or two absences with a C grade qualified for an exemption. Out of school disciplinary referrals, like fighting, ended any possibility of an exemption.

“We have students that make all As but they get the flu and the miss a week of school, so they’re not exempt,” Walker said in presenting the change request to the board. “We encounter that every year.”

The new policy allows for an exemption if a student has perfect attendance and a C or better, or an A with zero unexcused absences, a B and no more than three absences with none unexcused, or a C with no more than two excused and no unexcused absences.

The 2019-2020 school year begins on Aug. 13