The following guidelines have been established to minimize absenteeism.  The Georgia Board of Education allows for documented absences due to:


  • Personal illness

  • Death or serious illness in the family

  • Recognized religious holidays

  • Absences caused by order of government

  • Inclement weather or dangerous conditions as determined by the school district



Students who are absent or tardy are required to provide a written note from the parent/legal guardian explaining the absence(s) and/or tardiness upon the student’s return to school. Failure to submit such notes after returning to school will result in an unexcused absence being recorded. For more detailed information regarding attendance, please review pages 35-40 of the Student Handbook



Students are expected to be present and arrive on time to school in accordance with the provisions of the Georgia Compulsory Attendance Law (O.C.G.A. 20-2-690.1, et seq.) and Atlanta Board of Education Policy (JB-R). Students who are absent or tardy miss valuable instructional time and other important school activities and are less likely to master those skills, concepts, and principles needed for success. Students who violate the attendance policy will be disciplined. Unexcused absences and/or truancy may also lead to legal action against the student and/or parents/guardians (see Student Attendance JB-R). The Atlanta Board of Education has developed an attendance protocol as mandated by House Bill 1190.