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.
It is the responsibility of the parent(s) / guardian (s) to contact the school office to report the student's absence. 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. Attendance Fax Number: 770-346-0045 or Attendance e-mail: 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.
It is the student’s responsibility to turn in make-up work, when he / she is absent from school. Parents and students are encouraged to use the Homework Hotline to retrieve make-up work. The student has five (5) school days to make-up work. The teacher has the discretion to grant a longer period to make up work if there are extenuating circumstances.
Late Check-in or Early Check-out
When possible, medical and dental appointments should be made outside of school hours. If a student is being checked in or checked out for a doctor’s appointment, a physician’s note or appointment card is required to be considered excused.
Parents must sign their child in upon late arrival. An unexcused late check-in or early check-out is defined as any time a student arrives late to school or leaves school for a reason other than those defined by the State Board of Education as an excused absence. A combination of three unexcused tardies and early check-outs will be considered one unexcused absence.
A student who has not had an absence, a tardy, or an early dismissal is considered to be eligible for a gold perfect attendance award. A silver perfect attendance award will be given for no absences but allows up to three tardies or checkouts, combined. Field trips and/or school-sponsored activities do not count as an absence or early dismissal from school.