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Excused and Unexcused Absences

Excused Absence:

"A hold harmless absence that has been documented and relates to one of the following circumstances in accordance with State Board of Education Rule 160-5-1.10 and Georgia State Code, O.C.G.A. 20-2-690.1."

The following is a list of all excused absences:

  • Personal illness or when attendance in school would be detrimental to the health of the student or others
  • A serious illness in the student’s immediate family necessitating absence from school
  • A death in the student’s family necessitating absence from school
    • Student are excused for up to 4 days due to a death in immediate family Students are excused for up to 2 days due to a death in non-immediate family
  • Observance of religious holidays necessitating absence from school
  • Compliance with a court order or an order issued by a governmental agency mandating an absence from school
  • Visitation with an immediate family member who is on leave from or is being deployed to military service
  • Important family events/celebrations for an immediate family member (graduation, wedding, religious ceremony, etc.)
  • Compliance with an order for a pre-induction physical examination for service in the armed forces
  • An absence for registering to vote or participating as an active voter in a local, state, or federal election
  • A verified interview for college admission or a documented college visit
  • A specialized, supplemental, or extracurricular program/event
  • Other absences pre-approved by the principal



Unexcused Absence:

"Any absence not accompanied with a note or documentation or any absence that does not relate to the circumstances listed above is considered unexcused."

The following non-exhaustive list includes examples of unexcused absences:

  • Bad weather
  • Missing the school bus
  • Car trouble
  • Shopping
  • Babysitting
  • Oversleeping