Lamar- Milledge Elementary
Attendance and Tardy Policy
Lamar- Milledge Elementary School along with the Richmond County Board of Education are in Compliance with State Compulsory Law. By Georgia Law, it is mandatory for children between ages 6 and 16 to attend school. Therefore, in addition to all other provisions of this policy, failure of a parent, guardian or other person residing within the state having control or charge of any child or children between their 6th and 16th birthdays, to enroll and send such child or children to school as defined in O.C.G.A. §20- 2-690.1 shall be a violation of the Student Code of Conduct & Discipline.
Students who are absent from school are required to bring a written excuse for the absence their first day back at school. Students are to bring an excuse for every day of the students’ absence. An absence is either excused or unexcused. Absences which are lawful and therefore excusable shall be governed in accordance with the laws of the State of Georgia and the rules and regulations of the State Department of Education and Local Board policy.
Consistent student school attendance is a Richmond County School System 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.
Excused Absence: An absence shall be declared excused for:
A. Personal illness.
B. Family death and funeral.
C. Medical or dental appointments that cannot be scheduled outside school hours.
D. Attendance of non-school activities or functions authorized by the Superintendent or designee.
E. Special and recognized religious holidays observed by the student's faith.
F. Mandate or order of government agency.
G. Extreme circumstances that cannot be resolved outside school hours; parent or guardian must request and receive approval from the Principal or designated representative.
H. Any other absence not explicitly defined herein, but deemed by the local school board of education to have merit based on the circumstances.
Any absence not covered in (A)-(G) above, shall be declared unexcused. It is the policy of Lamar- Milledge Elementary and the Richmond County Board of Education that no unexcused absences are allowed. If parents keep their child out for other reasons, such absence shall be deemed unlawful and therefore unexcused. For any absence beyond five (5) days, the parent shall be required to provide a physician’s note or other excuse from an acceptable or official third party justifying the absence.
For the purposes of this protocol, truant is defined as any child who has more than five (5) days of unexcused absences during the academic year.
1. Teachers are to call concerning absent students daily. Infinite Campus notifications are also sent daily.
2. After (5) five days of absence, parents will receive a certified letter notifying the parent/guardian of the absences and reminding parent of of Ga Compulsory school attendance laws. Students are considered Truant at this point. A copy of the official letter is sent to the School Social Worker.
3. On the 6th through the 9th absence, the parent will be asked to attend an Attendance Meeting with the Attendance Committee.
4. On the 10th absence, the School Social Worker will make a home visit and will also make a referral to the Truancy Officer. At this time, the Truancy Officer and the Social Worker will begin preparation for court. Schools will notify parents that each unexcused absence after the 10th absence is a separate offense, is a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction, provides for a fine of not less than $25.00 and not more than $100.00; imprisonment not to exceed thirty (30) days, community service or any combination of such penalties. In addition, parents will also be notified that the Juvenile Court has the authority to incarcerate truant juveniles for up to thirty (30) days.
5. On the 11th through 15th absence, the truancy officer will make home visits.
6. On the 1th through 20th absence, the court hearing will occur with the Department of Juvenile Justice.
Tardies and Early Dismissal
School begins at 7:30 a.m. at Lamar- Milledge Elementary School. Any student who arrives at school after 7:30 is considered Tardy.
The accumulation of Unexcused tardies will warrant disciplinary action. The accumulation of Excused tardies will not warrant disciplinary action. Leaving school for unauthorized purposes before the end of the instructional day will be counted as a tardy.
Parents should not pick their students up before the end of the school day except where there is a legitimate emergency. The lawful excuses for tardiness or early dismissal are as follows:
A. Instances where the student has a medical or dental appointment, which cannot reasonably be scheduled outside of the school day. A signed written statement from the appropriate physician shall be required to validate a tardy for a medical or dental reason.
B. Appearances before a court when required by subpoena. A copy of said subpoena is to be furnished to the school to validate a tardiness caused by a court appearance.
C. In special situations, which rarely happen, but are not likely to recur, such as when a parent brings a child to school, if the Principal concurs with the circumstances.
Full Day Attendance Required
A student who wishes to leave school early must bring a written request to school stating the reason for early dismissal. Leaving school for unauthorized purposes before the end of the instructional day will be counted as a tardy. Parents should not pick up students before the end of the school day except where there is a legitimate emergency.
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.