Student should bring the attendance office their check-out note at the beginning of the day. This note should include the student name, time of check-out, and a parent/guardian phone number.
One of our office volunteers will call the parent/guardian to verify the check-out. We will then complete a check-out pass for the student. It is the student’s responsibility to stop by the attendance office to pick up the pass. This pass allows the student to leave class at the appropriate time to meet their parent outside or report to their car.
Students must submit a note or parents must fax or e-mail the attendance office within five (5) school days for the student's absence to be considered excused. Parents may fax (678-965-5052) or email this note to Lee Archer, Attendance Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org The parent/guardian must write the note, fax or e-mail stating the student's name, the date(s) of absence(s), and the reason for the absence. The principal may require students to present appropriate medical or other documentation upon return to school for the purpose of validating that absences are excused.
In case of extended illness, hospitalization or injury, the parent should apply for hospital homebound service. Hospital homebound service should be applied for immediately when absences of ten (10) days or more are anticipated for the student.
If a student has excessive absences, early check-outs, and / or late check-ins, the student and / or the parent may be referred to the School Social Worker, Juvenile Court, State Court, and / or Department of Family and Children Services. A parent / guardian who violates the compulsory education law shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof, shall be subject to a fine not less than $25.00 and not greater than $100.00, imprisonment not to exceed 30 days, community service, or any combination of such penalties at the discretion of the court having jurisdiction. Each day’s absence from school is considered a violation.
Any student who has ten or more school days of unexcused absences in the current academic year or ten or more school days of unexcused absences in the previous academic year will be subject to the rules of O.C.G.A. 40-5-22, school attendance and motor vehicle licenses law. In order to be eligible for a license, a student must satisfy the attendance requirements noted above for a period of one academic year prior to the application for an instruction permit or driver’s license. The instruction permit or driver’s license will be revoked for a period of one year, if a student has ten or more school days of unexcused absences in an academic year.
A student must be in attendance a minimum of 50% of the school day to participate in any athletic, extra-curricular, or school related function, including field trips and club activities. Then policy is in accordance with the GHSA attendance requirement.
Regular attendance is essential to success in school. As permitted under the Georgia compulsory education law and Forsyth County Board of Education policy, students may be excused for the following reasons:
1. Personal illness or attendance in school that endangers a student’s health or the health of others.
2. A serious illness or death in a student’s immediate family necessitating absence from school.
3. A court order or an order by a governmental agency, including pre-induction physical examinations for service in the armed forces, mandating absence from school.
4. The observance of religious holidays, necessitating absence from school.
5. Conditions rendering attendance impossible or hazardous to student health or safety.
6. A scheduled medical, dental or eye examination of the student.
7. Registering to vote or voting.
8. Visiting with a parent or legal guardian who is in the military service in the armed forces and has been called to duty for or is on leave from overseas deployment to a combat zone or combat support post. The student may be excused for a maximum of
5 days per school year.
Non-school related activities and vacations are considered unexcused.
Students are required to have a Certificate of Attendance completed by the school before they can get a learner's permit or a driver's license. These forms are not available in electronic copy; they must be picked up in the attendance office or a copy of the form may be acquir.ed through the Georgia Department of Driver Services at www.dds.ga.gov.
Students should fill out the top of the form and then turn it in to the attendance office. The office will then check the students' attendance for the previous full year and current school year as well as complete the schools' portion of the certificate. The completed certificate of attendance should be ready for the student to pick up within 72 hours. A certificate of attendance cannot be faxed.
Juniors and seniors may visit colleges during the school year for no more than 4 days per year. The student must bring documentation from the school indicating that the student visited the school. College visitations will be considered field trips as long as the student provides documentation.
Before visiting a college, students should click here to download the college visitation form, have the college visit form signed by their teachers, the school assistant principal or principal, school counselor and a college representative at the time of the visit. Forms must be returned to the attendance office following the college visit within five (5) school days for the student’s attendance to be considered excused.
For questions about any of the policies listed on this page, please contact the Attendance Officer, Dorothy Partee.