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    STUDENT ATTENDANCE POLICY

    2011 – 2012

     

    APS STUDENT ATTENDANCE POLICY DESCRIPTOR CODE: JB

    In support of student success, the Atlanta Board of Education expects students to be present at school and to arrive and depart on time in accordance with the provisions of the Georgia compulsory attendance law. Pursuant to O.C.G.A. §20-02-0690.1, parents, guardians or other persons having control or charge of students are liable for the students’ attendance in school.

    In view of the negative effects of excessive student tardiness and absenteeism on student performance, the Board expects local schools to initiate programs to assist students in improving their attendance and punctuality. Furthermore, the Board authorizes the Superintendent to establish administrative regulations to implement this policy.

    APS STUDENT ABSENCES AND EXCUSES POLICY – DESCRIPTOR CODE: JBD

    The Atlanta Board of Education recognizes that daily attendance at school is required for student success. In accordance with the provisions of state board rule 160-5-1-.10, Student Attendance, the Atlanta Board of Education defines acceptable excuses for being absent from school as:

    • Personal illness of the student and/or a situation in which attendance in school would endanger the health of the student or the health of others.
    • Serious illness or death in the immediate family of the student that would reasonably necessitate absence from school.
    • Special and recognized religious holidays observed by the faith of the student that necessitate absence from school.
    • Mandates by the school or other governmental agencies, such as pre-induction physical examination for service in the armed forces, a court order or out-of-school suspension.
    • Weather or other environmental conditions preventing a student from getting to school or rendering school attendance hazardous to the health or safety of the student.
    • Voter registration or voting in a public election, not to exceed one (1) day per school year.

     

     

    Upon return to school from any absence, the student shall bring to the school a note, signed by the parent/legal guardian, stating the reason for the absence. A student who serves as a Page of the Georgia General Assembly shall be credited as present by the school for days missed for this purpose. A student who has an emergency necessitating absence from school for a portion of the school day must be present at school at least for one-half of the instructional day, excluding lunch, in order to be counted present for the day.

    Prior to the end of the school day, students shall be released only to their parents/legal guardians, or to persons properly identified to school office personnel by the parents/legal guardians, or upon written request by the parents/legal guardians confirmed by telephone or in person. In accordance with administrative regulations and guidelines set forth by the Superintendent, parents shall be notified when children are absent from school or class without prior notice and approval.

    ATTENDANCE

     

    Consistent student school attendance is an Atlanta Public Schools’ policy. Students are expected to be present at school and arrive and depart on time according to the provisions of the Georgia Compulsory Attendance Law. Students who are absent from school or tardy miss valuable instruction time and other important school activities. Chronic tardiness and absence from school result in a student being less likely to master skills, concepts, and principles needed to achieve on his or her respective grade level. Also, absenteeism and tardiness are disruptive to the “teaching-learning” process.

     

    If students are absent from school, they must bring a written note signed by the legal parent or guardian explaining the absence. Upon return to school, the student should deliver the note to his or her homeroom teacher. Parents/Guardians are asked to call the school office immediately when extended unanticipated absences are to occur. Students that arrive to school after 7:50 a.m. will be marked late.

     

    DAILY SCHOOL SCHEDULE

    7:15 a.m. – Doors Open

    7:15 – 7:40 a.m. Breakfast

    7:45 – 7:55 a.m. Homeroom

    8:00 a.m. – Success for All Reading Instruction Begins

    3:00 p.m. – Student Dismissal

     

    PERFECT ATTENDANCE

    A student qualifies for a Perfect Attendance Award when he/she has not been absent and has three [3] tardies or less for the entire school year. Three [3] tardies equals one absence.

     

    PARTIAL DAY ATTENDANCE

    To be counted present, students must attend the required number of hours each day. Therefore, students who are tardy or leave before the end of the day must be present for at least one half of the instructional day, excluding lunch to be counted for the instructional day.

     

    TARDIES TO SCHOOL [ARRIVAL TO SCHOOL AFTER 7:50 A.M.]

    Tardies

    Consequence

    At Second Occurrence

    §         Homeroom Teacher Contacts Parent and Documents Contact in Monthly Parent Contact Log [Contact Issues? – Complete CIS Intervention Referral]

    §         Homeroom Teacher Refers Student to School Counselor

     

    At Third Occurrence

    §         Homeroom Teacher Completes CIS Intervention Referral

    §         CIS Contacts Parent [Telephone/Home Visit]

     

    At Fifth Occurrence

    • CIS Refers Parent to School Social Worker
    • One Day Assignment to Opportunity Classroom
    • Student Community Service School Trash Pick-Up
    • Mandatory Conference with Principal

     

    At Sixth Occurrence

    • Social Worker Refers Parent/Guardian to Fulton County Court System for Educational Neglect

     

    At Eighteenth Occurrence 

    • Strong Possibly Student Will be Retained in Same Grade for Next School Year

     

     

     

     

    ABSENT FROM SCHOOL

    Absences

    Consequence

    At Second Occurrence

    • Homeroom Teacher Contacts Parent and Documents Contact in Monthly Parent Contact Log [Contact Issues? – Complete CIS Intervention Referral]
    • Homeroom Teacher Refers Student to School Counselor

     

    At Third Occurrence

    • Homeroom Teacher Complete CIS Intervention Referral
    • CIS Contacts Parent [Telephone/Home Visit]

         

    At Fifth Occurrence

    • CIS Refers Parent to School Social Worker
    • Mandatory Conference with Principal
    • One Day Assignment to Opportunity Classroom
    • Student Community Service School Trash Pick-Up

     

    At Sixth Occurrence

    • Social Worker Refers Parent/Guardian to Fulton County Court System for Educational Neglect
    • Strong Possibly Student Will be Retained in Same Grade for Next School Year

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Students who are absent five [5] days and/or tardy five [5] days at any time throughout the school year may not be permitted to –

     

    • Participate in school field trips
    • Attend school dances
    • Serve as a Student-of-the-Month
    • Serve as a School Safety Officer
    • Serve as Student Government Association Representative
    • Participate in our School’s Talent or Fashion Show
    • Participate in extracurricular activities and programs