The day a student returns to school, an excuse note should be taken to the attendance office. The note should include the student’s name, absence date, reason, parent signature, and phone number. Notes must be received within 5 days of the absence. After 5 days, professional documentation is needed. A doctor’s note is required after ten (10) parent notes or when a student is absent 3 or more consecutive days.
Doctors' offices and parents can fax documentation to (678) 407-7326. Handwritten documentation must be delivered to the grade level clerk and emailed documentation should be sent to:
Georgia State Board of Education Rule 160-5-1-10 defines the following absences as excused:
- Personal illness
- A serious illness or death in a student’s immediate family
- A court order or an order by a government agency
- Observing religious holidays
- Visitation with a parent prior to or during leave from deployment to a combat zone or combat support posting as a member of the armed forces of the U.S. or the National Guard