SRS Attendance Policies

Attendance Policy

Daily Attendance Criteria

Board Policy JB governs student attendance.  Students are expected to be present at school and to arrive and depart on time in accordance with the provisions of the Georgia compulsory attendance law.  Students who are absent or tardy miss valuable instructional time and other important school activities.  Chronic tardiness and absence from school result in a student being less likely to master those skills, concepts, and principles needed to be successful in life and to achieve on his/her respective grade level.  Also, absenteeism and tardiness are disruptive to the “teaching-learning” process.

Excused absences include:

  • Personal illness of the student and/or when 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.
  • Special and recognized religious holidays observed by the faith of the student.
  • Weather or other environmental conditions preventing a student from getting to school or rendering school attendance hazardous to health or safety of the student.

Upon return to school from any absence, the student is to bring to school a note, signed by the parent/legal guardian, stating the reason for the absence.

Please contact the office between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. if your child is absent in order for us to account for all students. Or use our online form to report your student absent.

Unexcused absences are recorded when the reason for absence:

  • Fails to meet the criteria for an excused absence.
  • Is due to disciplinary action enacted by the school.
  • Fails to be documented by the parent or physician in the form of a written note or doctor’s excuse.

Partial Day Attendance

To be counted present, students must attend the required number of hours each day. Therefore, students who are tardy or leave school before the end of the day must be present one-half of the instructional day, excluding lunch, in order to be counted present for the day.  If a student leaves and returns to school, the number of hours must equal or exceed 3 ½ hours in order to be counted present that day.

Attendance Monitoring

Our mission is to educate all students to their optimum level of academic performance.  Regular attendance is necessary to reach this goal.  If a child is not at school or frequently arrives late, he/she misses essential learning opportunities necessary for his/her academic growth. After 5 absences and/or 5 tardies occur, parents will be contacted by school authorities to aid in solving the problem.

Consider carefully before making the decision of a vacation trip during the school year.  The student is missing instruction, which may leave gaps in needed skills. Absences due to trips/vacations are considered unexcused and will be reflected in the student’s permanent record folder. 

Please help by having your child attend school regularly. Attendance data is reported to the system and federal level, so please strive for minimal absences for your child. School goals and annual yearly progress are affected. 

Make Up Work

Make up work will be assigned as follows:

With EXCUSED Absences:

  • Students must complete all work missed in a time frame equal to the number of days absent.
  • The parent and student share the responsibility for the student getting the make-up work completed and turned in on time.
  • When a child is ill, often it is best to wait until he/she is completely well and back at school before attempting to make up work.
  • Failure to make up missed work will be reflected in the student’s grades, and in some borderline cases, could have long-range effects on progress.
  • As a consideration to the teacher, we ask that make-up work be obtained at the end of the school day.
  • Some in-class work is not possible to make up.

With UNEXCUSED Absences:

  • Students must complete all work missed in a time frame equal to the number of days absent.
  • The parent and student share the responsibility for the student getting the make-up work completed and turned in on time.
  • Failure to make up missed work will be reflected in the student’s grades, and in some borderline cases, could have long-range effects on progress.
  • Make-up work/tests will be expected for unexcused absences due to the need to master/practice skill acquisition.  However, grades may not be given for such work.

Make up work may not provided in advance.

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