School Attendance Strategies
According to the Georgia DOE, “Data indicates that missing more than five days of school each year, regardless of the cause, begins to impact student academic performance and starts shaping attitudes about school. Chronically truant students are not the only students negatively impacted by absences. For students in 6th grade through the 9th grade, student attendance is a better predictor of dropping out of school than test scores. This predictor is not limited to chronically truant students. Excused absences and unexcused absences have a similar impact on student academic performance.”
State law requires school attendance for students ages 7 to 16. Gwinnett County Board of Education Policy states that students will be excused from school under the following circumstances:
1. Personal illness or illness/death in the immediate family.
2. Religious holiday.
3. Mandates by government agencies.
4. Service as a page in the General Assembly.
5. Military physical or doctor’s appointment.
6. Conditions rendering attendance impossible or hazardous to student health or safety.
Parent notes will be accepted for up to seven 7 excused all-day absences per term and seven 7 check-ins or check-outs per term. Thereafter, the only excused reasons for absences, check-ins, and check-outs are those listed above and verified through the following formal documentation: Doctor or hospital notes, court or government mandated papers, funeral brochures or programs. Excused documentation should be submitted to the attendance office within two 2 days of returning to school.
Absences or tardies/check-ins are unexcused for all other reasons, including but not limited to:
Missing the bus, oversleeping, power outage.
Vacations, trips, family visits, college visits.
Car trouble, babysitting, running errands, and traffic congestion.
If the student has no note, he/she will be considered as having an unexcused absence or check-in.
After a total of five (5) unexcused absences, students may be considered truant and in violation of local and state law. Parents of truant students may have legal ramifications according to the GCPS county attendance policy. Please see prearranged absence section for additional information.
In the event that parents need students to miss school for personal reasons (trips, college visits, vacations, etc.), the student should complete Prearranged Absence Form at least three days prior to the absence. Forms may be obtained in the attendance office. The request will be reviewed by an administrator for approval or denial. If approved, the student will be allowed to make up work missed., although the absence will still be considered unexcused. Students are limited to five prearranged days per year. Prearranged absences are not to be used on exam days.
Return to School from an absence or when checking in:
When returning to school, students should either bring documentation to the attendance office or request parents to have documents faxed to the Attendance Office at 678-957-3108. The student name and student ID number should be included on all documentation as well as the parent contact phone number for verification. Field trips, In-School Suspensions (ISS) and/or school-sponsored events are not considered absences. Out-of-School Suspensions (OSS) are considered as absences but are not counted for the excessive absence policy.
To Check out Early:
Once a student arrives on campus, he or she may not leave without receiving proper authorization (checking out) form the Attendance Office. Students are only allowed to check out with individuals listed on the student’s clinic card. There will be no check-outs after 1:30 PM.
1. Student brings a signed note to the Attendance Office before school begins.
- The note must have a parent signature, reason, and a phone number where the parent can be reached
- The time missed from class will be excused or unexcused based on the criteria listed. Excused or Unexcused.
2. A student is given a pass to show his/her teacher at the time of dismissal.
3. Student returns to the Attendance Office to meet the individual checking them out.
1st – 3rd Tardy: Warning
4th Tardy: 1 hr. Administrative Detention
6th Tardy: 2 hrs. Administrative Detention and Suspension of Parking for 2 weeks
8th Tardy: 4 hrs. Saturday School and Suspension of Parking for the semester
10th Tardy: Discipline Referral to Alpha Offices: 4 hrs. Saturday School + 2 hrs. Adm. Det.
12th Tardy: 1 day OSS
18+ Tardy: Consequences determined by AP
1st AWOL: 2 days Administrative Detention or 1 day Saturday School and loss of Parking Pass for 2 weeks
2nd AWOL: 1 day ISS or 2 days Saturday School and loss of Parking Pass for Semester
3rd AWOL: 2 days ISS
4th AWOL: Consequences determined by AP
Location: B-101 Computer Lab on Monday – Thursday at 2:30 p.m.– 4:30 p.m.
Group Email: PRHS Detention
Location: Media Center 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Students who miss Saturday School will receive another referral for 8C with a consequence of ISS. The ISS day completes both consequences.
Group Email: PRHS Saturday School
A – CL: McAuliffe/Johnson, N.
Hars – Lee: Augmon/Wilson
Lef – O: Augmon/Morris
Sm-Z: Lesniak/Pak, J.
Peachtree Ridge High School is the standard of excellence in all we do. In an effort to maintain this standard, we encourage students to present themselves in a way that promotes excellence in the dress. The following guidelines were created to help inform decisions when deciding what to wear to school.
At Peachtree Ridge, the clothing that is selected to wear should not diminish our daily academic focus. Our core business of teaching and learning is disrupted when a student has to be referred to an administrator for the dress that does not promote school excellence and pride. If a student is dressed in a style that does not promote excellence based on the discretion of a school administrator, the student will be asked to correct the situation. Failure to comply will result in a discipline consequence.
Clothing that does NOT promote an image of excellence is an outfit that…
1. Shows cleavage
2. Shows midriff
3. Shows bottoms/ upper thighs
4. Shows undergarments
5. Includes head covering (hats, etc.)
6. Includes inappropriate pictures/texts
Clothing that DOES promote an image of excellence is an outfit that…
1. Covers your chest
2. Covers your stomach
3. Covers your bottom/ upper thighs
4. Covers your undergarments
5. Has appropriate content on shirts
6. Uncovers your head unless for religious purposes
It is the responsibility of the student to request make-up work within five days after an excused absence. Students are responsible for getting all make-up work completed within the time frame set by the teacher. Failure to do so will result in a “0” for all work missed.
Attendance and Teen Drivers
Any applicant who is younger than 18 years of age must be enrolled in and not under a suspension from a public or private school for a period of one academic year prior to application for an instruction permit or driver’s license.
The DMV will suspend the license of a minor who:
1. Has dropped out of school without graduating and has remained out of school for ten consecutive school days.
2. Has more than ten school days of unexcused absences in any semester or combination of two consecutive quarters.
3. Has been suspended from school for:
a. Threatening, striking or causing bodily harm to a teacher or other school personnel.
b. Possession or sale of drugs or alcohol on school property.
c. Possession or use of a weapon on school property.
d. Any sexual offense prohibited under Chapter 6 of Title 16.
e. Causing substantial physical or visible bodily harm to or seriously disfiguring another person, including another student.
Any infraction of the above conduct offenses will be a one-year suspension or shall be suspended until the minor’s eighteenth (18th) birthday, whichever comes first.