Testing & Attendance > Attendance
Counseling & Social Work
Regular school attendance is one of the key components for
academic success. Studies have shown that students who miss
20% or more of class time (1/20 = 1 day a month or 9 days in
a school year) are the most likely to drop-out of school.
There are also links between excessive tardiness and
excessive school absences.
Punctuality and regular attendance are life skills that
insure success in the work place. They are two of the top
five reasons workers are terminated from employment. Good
habits of punctuality and regular attendance are qualities
that make a worker valuable to an employer.
The school social work/attendance office supports the
business of teaching and learning. It works with students
who have difficulty attending to school, adjusting to
school, and achieving in school thereby enhancing student
success. This includes working with the families of those
students and assisting in whatever ways possible to
eliminate barriers to good attendance.
View the Towns
Policy and Attendance Protocol.
handbooks and attendance protocol
(Large PDF Files)
points for parents and students to remember:
Students are allowed 5 days of absence a year to be
excused with a Parent Note.
Students are allowed 5 days of unexcused absences a
Parents must call/notify the school EVERY DAY the
student is absent.
Notes must be given to attendance clerk for every
absence with 3 days of returning to school.
The State of Georgia considers any student with 5 or
more unexcused absences in a year to be truant and
he/she and the parent/guardian can be prosecuted as
Georgia State law requires that schools must report
students ages 14 & up who have 10 unexcused absences
during the current OR previous school year to the
State Department of Education which then reports
those names to the Department of Driverís Services
(DDS). DDS will deny the privilege of obtaining a
permit or license or revoke a current license for up
to 1 year. Read more about the
Teen-age and Adult Responsibility and Driving Act
Additional links and resources:
Georgia State Department of Education Student
U.S. Department of Education training Truancy: A
Serious Problem for Students, Schools and Society
Georgia Virtual Career Counselor Website
Connect with Kids newsletter
Georgia School Counselor Association
School Social Workers Association of Georgia