As of January 4th, to report an absence, submit an excuse note, or make a change in transportation (must be submitted by 1:30pm), please email SES-SharonAttendance@forsyth.k12.ga.us


    Policies and Procedures



    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 necessitates an 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 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 five (5) days per school year. 

    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 and placement. 

    Non-school-related activities and vacations are considered unexcused.

    Item Drop Off:

    For safety and the maximization of class instruction time, we allow jackets and food (i.e. snacks and lunches) to be dropped off. Upon delivery, email your child’s teacher informing them of the item being dropped offand label the item with a sticky note that will be provided. Students will then be able to come get the item once they are informed by their teacher. In addition, we will facilitate the delivery of medication to Nurse Kelly Spangler and eyeglasses to students as these are immediate needs for students to have a successful day of learning. We do not allow folders, homework, book bags, books, or water bottles to be dropped off. Students will still be able to have a safe productive day of learning without these items, so they can wait to be brought in the following day. 


    It is the responsibility of the parent(s)/guardian(s) to complete our absence form to report the student's absence. In addition, you may submit your student's medical note HERE.  The principal may require students to present appropriate medical or other documentation upon returning to school to validate 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.


    Late Check-in or Early Check-out:

    An unexcused late check-in or early check-out is defined as any time a student arrives late to school or leaves school early for a reason other than those defined by the State Board of Education as an excused absence. A combination of three unexcused late check-ins and/or early check-outs will be considered one unexcused absence. Students who miss more than half of the time in any class will be considered absent for that class period. 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 parent's note, physician’s note, or appointment card is required within 5 school-days to be considered excused. After the tenth late check-in or early check-out, a physician’s note or appointment card is required within 5 school-days to be considered excused.


    • Parents must sign their child in upon late arrival.  
    • The school day begins at 7:40AM.  Students are expected to be in their classroom ready to receive instruction at that time.


    • The latest time that a student can be checked out is 1:45pm.
    • If it is necessary for a student to check out early due to illness, the student must be assessed by the school nurse and meet assessment criteria for the school to excuse the absence.  Parents may submit a note to excuse an early check-out due to illness.  Students who are frequently absent, tardy, or check out early from school may be required by the school administration to provide medical documentation to validate any absence, tardy or early check-out as excused. 
Last Modified on January 25, 2024