• Georgia has several state laws regarding student attendance:

    Mandatory Education for Children Between Ages Six and 16   - O.C.G.A. 20-2-690.                    
    1. (a)  Mandatory attendance in a public school, private school, or home school program shall be required for children between their sixth and sixteenth birthdays.     (b)  Every parent, guardian, or other person residing within this state having control or charge of any child or children during the ages of mandatory attendance as required in subsection (a) of this Code section shall enroll and send such child or children to a public school, a private school, or a home study program that meets the requirements for a public school, a private school, or a home study program.   (c)  Any parent, guardian, or other person residing in this state who has control or charge of a child or children and who shall violate this Code section 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.   (d)  An unemancipated minor who is older than the age of mandatory attendance as required in subsection (a) of this Code section who has not completed all requirements for a high school diploma who wishes to withdraw from school shall have the written permission of his or her parent or legal guardian prior to withdrawing.  Visit http://www.lexis- nexis# more information.
    Student Attendance Protocol Committee  -  O.C.G.A. 20-2-690.2                                                    
    1.  The superintendent or the superintendent’s designee shall fully and actively assist in the planning, implementation and evaluation activities of the local school system student attendance protocol committee.  2.  The superintendent, a certificated school employee, a local school board member and a certificated school social worker shall serve on the student attendance protocol committee.  3.  The local board of education shall consider and publicly announce its decisions regarding the recommendations of the student attendance protocol committee.  4.  The local board of education shall report annual student attendance rates to the student attendance protocol committee and the State Board of Education by September 1 following each school year.  5.  The superintendent shall be responsible for providing a copy of the written student attendance protocol and any revisions or amendments.  For more information, visit  http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/pea_policy.aspx?PageReq=PEASchoolAttendance   Then click on "Georgia Attendance Laws."

    Teenage and Ault Drive Responsibility Act Implementation Guidelines
    - O.C.G.A. 40-5-22 – 

    a.1 Georgia Code Section 40-5-22, Georgia's Teenage And Adult Responsibility Act (TAADRA 1997), requires that local school systems certify that student's attendance pattern and discipline record permits him or her to have a Georgia driver's permit or license.  This document contains the administrative policies and procedures for the local school districts to reference in determining the circumstances for which a student should be reported as non-compliant and other policies and procedures that fall within the TAADRA law.  With the creation of the A+ Education Reform Act of 2000, the passage of House Bill 1190 in 2004, and the passage of Senate Bill 35 in 2005, the Department of Education (DOE) was cited with the responsibility of collecting the non-compliant student data from the local school districts.  DOE has worked with the Department of Driver Services (DDS), formerly the Department of Motor Vehicle Safety (DMVS), to provide a Web application as the means for local school districts to report non-compliant student data.  For questions about the TAADRA law, please contact ASK DOE at 404-656-2800, 800-311-3627, or log onto http://www.dds.ga.gov/teens/DLdata.aspx?con=1745986181&ty=dl

    Non-compliant includes but not limited to – ten or more unexcused absences from the date of their 14th birthday, tribunal, dropped out of school.


Last Modified on August 16, 2011