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 the 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 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 excised 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 submit a note to the attendance office within five (5) school days for the student’s absence to be considered excused. The parent/guardian must write the note stating the student’s name, the date(s) of the absence(s), and the reason for the absence. The principal may require students to present appropriate medical or other documentation upon retune to school for the purpose of validating the absences are excused.
In case of extended illness, hospitalization, or injury, the parent should apply for a hospital homebound services. 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. 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.