In an effort to clarify how employees are granted excused absences, Kanawha County school board members approved revisions to the employee attendance policy Monday.
Under the revised policy, school employees need to file a doctor's excuse within 5 days of a missed day of work.
Before, the attendance policy didn't clarify a timeline and board attorney Jim Withrow said that often resulted in confusion among teachers and a backlog of paperwork in the board office.
"We found that they wait until they have five or six absences and face disciplinary action and then they all bring in their excuses," he said. "It creates a lot of headaches in payroll . . . It's just a timing issue."
Now if an employee doesn't submit an excuse within five days the absence will be considered unexcused. If an employee accrues six unexcused absences he or she will be subject to disciplinary action.
The school board's next meeting is 6p.m. Aug. 15 at the central office in Charleston.