Regular attendance is essential to success in school. As permitted under the State Board of Education Rule 160-
5-1-.10, the Georgia Compulsory Education Law O.C.G.A. § 20-2-690.1, 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, needing absence from school.
5. Conditions making 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. A visit, up to five school days per year, with a parent or legal guardian who is on leave from or
who is being deployed to military service.
Students shall be counted present when they are serving as a page in the Georgia General Assembly. Students
who are in foster care are to be counted present at school when attending court proceedings related to their care
Non-school related activities and vacations are considered unexcused.
The parent/guardian must submit a note, fax, email, or digital attendance form to the school’s attendance clerk within five (5) school
days for an absence to be considered excused. The note must include the student’s name, the date(s) of
absence(s), and the reason for the absence. It is the responsibility of the parent(s)/guardian(s) to be in
communication with the student’s teacher(s) and/or office staff when a student is absent, especially when it
is for more than one day. The principal may require students to present appropriate medical or other
documentation upon returning to school for the purpose of validating those 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.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. If the student has missed four (4) consecutive days, then a doctor’s note may be required at the discretion of the administration. 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.Consequences:
If a student has excessive absences, 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 attendance 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/guardians
and students are encouraged to retrieve missed lessons and work from itslearning. The student has five (5)