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Attendance/Absence Procedures
The Fulton County Board of Education considers regular school attendance essential to successful school progress. Students must be present to take full advantage of available educational opportunities. Poor attendance or excessive tardiness may result in low grades or failure.

The Board supports vigorous enforcement of Georgia’s Compulsory School Attendance Law, which makes school attendance the responsibility of the parent and the student.
A student’s absence from school or class will be considered excused when it is due to any of the following circumstances:
  • Personal illness of the student. Students who have missed ten days of school or more in a school year will be required to provide additional written verification such as a doctor's statement.
  • Attendance at school would be detrimental to the health of the student or others.
  • A serious illness or death in the student’s immediate family necessitating absence from school.
  • Compliance with a court order or an order issued by a governmental agency.
  • Observance of religious holidays, necessitating absence from school.
  • Conditions rendering attendance impossible or hazardous to the student’s health or safety.
  • Serving as a page in the Georgia General Assembly.
  • Absences not exceeding a cumulative total of three days per semester if pre-approved by the principal.

Tardiness/Check-in Procedure
It is the responsibility of the parent to see that the student arrives on time. Oversleeping or car trouble is NOT a legitimate excuse for tardiness. An excused tardy would be due to illness, medical appointments that cannot be scheduled at any other time, and other legal excuses as mentioned above. Please send a note or come in with your child when he/she is tardy. Students are to report to the front office upon arrival, sign in, obtain a “tardy pass”, and go directly to the classroom.

Class Tardies
Students late for class will be marked as tardy. After students accumulate 3 tardies, they will receive a private detention assigned by their teacher. After 5 tardies, an office referral will be made. Subsequent office referrals will be made with every additional 2 tardies. Students are not permitted to leave class the first 15 minutes of any period.

If a student needs to leave school at any time during day or prior to dismissal time, a note from the parent must be sent to the front office by 8:45 a.m. the same day. The note is stamped and sent with an early dismissal pass to allow the student to meet the parent in the office at that designated time. If the student doesn’t have a note to meet the parent/guardian in the office, students may be called to the front office for checkout only when the parent/guardian arrives. The last student checkout is 3:45 p.m. Parents must come to the front office in person to sign out the student. Photo ID is required to check out a student. 

If a child is going to have a recurring medical appointment that will interrupt the school day, the parent and principal must come to an agreement prior to the series of absences Appropriate documentation demonstrating the necessity of the recurring absence must be provided by the parent/guardian. The final decision to excuse such absences rests with the principal. Fifteen unexcused tardies will result in a referral to the School Social Worker.
Unexcused Absences
A student’s absence from school or class for any reason other than those listed as “excused” will be considered an unexcused absence.

Written Excuse for an Absence
Any student who is absent from school shall present a satisfactory written excuse to the front office signed by one of his/her parents or guardians within 5 days after returning to school.  The excuse must state the reason for the absence. Emails are not acceptable. If the student is absent three consecutive days and the school cannot get information as to why the student is absent, a referral shall be made to the visiting teacher/social worker office.  Reporting a child’s absence by phone is unnecessary.

Requests For Make-Up Work
Parents and students are encouraged to request make-up work for absences, excused or unexcused. Students are encouraged to establish systems by which they can contact other students in their respective classes to get class assignments and homework in case of absence. Parents may request assignments from teachers via e-mail.

Upon returning to school following an absence, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the teacher or teachers to request make-up work. The contact should be made on the day the student returns to school unless the teacher allows a longer time.
Make up work must be completed by the student within the time specified by the teacher. Work missed during the last week of the semester must be made up by the tenth school day of the next semester. Make-up work submitted late will not be counted.
Students will receive the actual grade earned on make-up work if (1) the absence is for one of the reasons listed as “excused”; (2) a written excuse has been submitted within 3 days of returning to school; (3) the make-up work has been completed satisfactorily with in the time specified by the teacher. Students absent for tests will be scheduled to stay after school to complete the assessment.

Forgotten Items

If a student has forgotten an item from home, we have a "Famous Forgotten Shelf" on which you can put the item.

Tami Shearer -Attendance Secretary
(770)667-2870 ext. 123

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