Roll call! It's almost time to take attendance for the 2022-2023 school year. Regular attendance is vital to each student’s academic progress and success. It also is a Georgia law.
This school year, we're resuming our attendance notifications, which were paused the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Georgia Compulsory Education Law O.C.G.A. 20-2-690.1 mandates school attendance for students between the ages of 6 and 16 and also applies to younger children once they enter school. According to the law, parents are responsible for enrolling and sending their children to school and the school staff is responsible for enforcing this law. Any student who has more than five unexcused absences in a school year is truant.
After more than five unexcused absences, you will receive a letter notifying you about the attendance policy. Failure to comply with the law may result in consequences for both students and guardians.
For more details about excused and unexcused absences and possible consequences, please read the School Attendance and Georgia's Compulsory Education Law section of our Student Handbook. Your school's handbook will also have more information about their procedures for excused absences.