ATTENDANCE POLICY AND PROCEDURES
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Collins Hill High School encourages and promotes good attendance. Regular attendance in school develops good habits that will carry over later in life. Good attendance correlates very strongly with improved grades in school. School attendance is the responsibility of both parents and students.
ABSENCE POLICY : State law requires attendance at school from age 7 to 16. It also authorizes strict penalties for non-attendance. Excused absences are defined by state law and include only the following areas:
- Personal illness: individuals whose attendance in school would endanger their health or the health of others,
- Death or serious illness of an immediate family member,
- Recognized religious holidays,
- Student under orders from a government agency,
- Service as a page in the Georgia General Assembly,
- Conditions rendering school attendance impossible or hazardous to students’ safety or health,
- Registering to vote or are voting, for a period not to exceed one day.
- Military leave of a parent and/or guardian
Collins Hill High School will allow senior students to have up to 3 days (excused) to be used as college visitation days.
Chronic absenteeism can seriously jeopardize a student’s success in school. Please note that after 10 consecutive absences a student will be withdrawn if the school has not been contacted by the parent/guardian.
PROCEDURE FOR ABSENCES : On the day the student returns to school, he/she must bring a note signed by their parent/guardian explaining why the student was absent from school. The note should include the students first and last name, student number, homeroom grade level, the date, reason, parent signature, and phone number for verification. The completed note must be turned into the student’s homeroom grade level office.
The absence will be classified according to the policy as either excused or unexcused based on the guidelines above.
- If 30 or more minutes of a class are missed, the student is considered absent for that class.
- If the student fails to bring a note excusing the absence, the student will be given one additional day to present the note or the absence will be considered unexcused. Work may not be made up for unexcused absences.
- A student must be present for 3 1/2 periods in order to be counted present for the day.
PREARRANGED ABSENCES : These absences are recorded as an unexcused absence by state definition. If parents find it necessary for students to miss school due to an out of town trip (limit 5 days per year), absences must be approved by the administration. If approved, the student may make up missed work. College visitation days will require written verification from the campus visited.
Procedure for Prearranged Absences (follow steps in order):
- Obtain a prearranged absence form from the appropriate grade level office 3 or more days prior to the absence.
- Fill out the form and obtain a parent/guardian’s signature.
- Have the grade level administrator review the request.
- Return the form to the appropriate grade level office.
UNEXCUSED ABSENCES: A student shall not be absent from school, from any class or other required school function during required school hours, except for illness or any other providential cause.
TRUANCY/AWOL (Absent from school or class without permission)
Duration of the detention will be commensurate with the amount of school missed. (minimum of 2-hour detention)
- 1st-3rd Offenses: Administrative Detention and/or Saturday School
- 4th and Subsequent Offenses: Administrator Discretion
If an AWOL involves leaving campus by vehicle, the student(s) involved will lose parking privileges for the remainder of the school year.
TRUANCY/AWOL: From the time a student arrives on campus in the morning until school dismisses at 2:15 p.m., (s)he is required to clear it through the appropriate grade level office before (s)he leaves the school grounds. Students who leave campus without checking out or who are absent from school without their parents’ knowledge will be considered truant. Students who skip a class or classes will be considered AWOL. Students who miss school for invalid reasons will also be considered truant.
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