• The following summarizes Bearden Middle attendance information for the 2022-2023 school year:

    Please view KCS Attendance Policies (then scroll to bottom of page) for detailed attendance information and policies. 


    Early Check-Out Information 

    • Individuals, listed in students' Aspen information, who wish to check-out a student early must do the following each time in the Main Office:
      • Show their identification
      • Complete the check-out information
    • Students may not sign themselves out of school under any circumstance.
    • No early check-outs after 3:10 p.m. due to transportation logistics. 


    Tardy/Late Arrival Information

    • Any student arriving after 8:25 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian into the main office (at the Francis Rd side of the building) to be signed in.


    Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Bearden Middle Attendance 

    • When is a student considered absent?
      • Students must be at school a minimum of 3 and 1/2 hours to have their daily attendance listed as present for the day. 
    • When to turn in absent notes?
      • A note should be given to the school each time a student misses any part of school. 
      • Absent notes may be given to the school in advance of an absence or received within five (5) days of students return to school.
      • If you know the absence is not excused, then please write this on the note.
    • Where to turn in absent notes?
      • Students should give full day absent notes to their homeroom/1st period teacher. 
      • Students should give partial day absent notes (tardies and early dismissals) to the student office.
    • Do I need to contact the Bearden Middle Attendance Secretary to let the school know that my child will be absent?
      • Parents/Guardians do not need to contact the attendance secretary to let us know that their child will be absent unless:
        • You have information that you would like to give school personnel.
        • If your child will be absent four or more days then do contact the attendance secretary.
        • Absences will not be excused by a phone call.
    • How to excuse absences?
      • Parent notes:
        • Students are allowed ten (10) days of parent notes per school year to excuse absences; however, parent notes do not excuse all absences. See KCS Attendance Policies (then scroll to bottom of page) for detailed information regarding excusable absences.
        • Parent notes should contain the following information:
          • Student's legal name
          • Date/s of absence/s
          • Reason for absence
          • If student is absent due to illness, you do not need to go into detail about illness unless you want the school to have the specific information. You may let us know that student was absent due to illness.
          • Signature of parent/guardian
          • Phone number of parent/guardian
      • Absent notes may be received by:
      •  Siblings:
        • If siblings are absent, each student needs their own absent note.
    • What if my child forgets to turn in their absent note? 
      • Following every absence, parents/guardians can help their child by making sure the absence note is in the student's backpack/binder upon return to school and reminding them to turn in their note.
      • If your child does not turn in their absence note after two (2) days, then contact deborah.chambliss@knoxschools.org and give the following information:
        • Your student has forgotten to turn in their absence note, and the student has the note with them.
        • The legal name of your child
        • Your name
        • Your relationship to student
        • Your return phone number
        • The date/s of absence/s.
    • How do I make sure my child turned in their absent note? What if my child's absent note is not recorded in Aspen?
      • Once an absence note has been turned in then parents/guardians should view their child's daily attendance, using Aspen Family Portal, four school days after the note has been given to the school. (Use the daily attendance tab, not classroom attendance tab found under the academics tab.)
      • If your child's absence has not been excused after four school days, and you believe that it should be, then please contact deborah.chambliss@knoxschools.org 
      • All absences are unexcused until they are changed to excused.
      • The following are some of the attendance codes you may see when viewing your child's attendance on Family Portal.
        • A = Absent (unexcused)
        • T = Tardy (unexcused)
        • D = Early Dismissal (unexcused)
        • P = Parent Note
        • M = Medical Note
        • E = Excused
    • Does the school contact me if my child was marked absent?
      • If we have your contact information, parents/guardians will receive an automated phone call/email each day a student has an unexcused absence. Please opt-in to receive all school messages!
      • If you believe that your child was incorrectly marked absent then please do one of the following within two school days of the attendance call/email.
        • Have your student turn in a note to the Student Office.
        • Respond to the automated email.
        • Call Bearden Middle and take the attendance option.
      • Students with five (5) or more and ten (10) or more absences will receive correspondence from Knox County Schools and/or Bearden Middle School. 
    Contact Information

    Bearden Middle Attendance Secretary:

    Deborah Chambliss

    BMS Phone 865/539-7839 (Take attendance option)



    Bearden Middle Social Worker:

    Brooke Donohoe