Please review carefully the Attendance Procedures that apply to all students enrolled at OMS:
The Georgia Compulsory Attendance Law states: "It is the duty of every parent, guardian, or other person having control of any child between the child's 6th and 16th birthdays to assure that the child attends a public school, private school or home study program. Failure to comply constitutes a misdemeanor punishable by up to $100 fine, 30 days imprisonment, or both. Each day's absence constitutes a separate offense. Ga.Code 20-2-690.1."
General Student Attendance Procedures:
Students who are absent from school must bring a note from the parent, legal guardian or doctor on the first day back to school and present it to the attendance office. Absences that fall in compliance with the Board of Education's policies will be excused (see Excused Absences - page 4 and 5 of Student Handbook). Parent excuses will not be accepted after 3 days. If a student returns to school without a written note within 3 days after returning to school, then his/her absence(s) will be considered unexcused. Students will only be allowed eight(8) handwritten parent notesfor the school year.
*Please be aware that excessive unexcused absences will affect the student getting a Certificate of Attendance.*
Checking In/Checking Out
Students arriving to school after 8:55 a.m. must report to the attendance window to sign-in and receive a tardy slip. Students who check in late or check out early must report to the school office and present a written note from their parent explaining their absence. Check-ins/check-outs will be treated as excused if they fall in compliance with the Board of Education’s policies as excused (see Excused Absences - page 4 and 5 of Student Handbook).
Students who accumulate excessive unexcused check-ins or check-outs will be subject to an administrative referral. Upon returning back to school from checkout the student must provide documentation for the checkout to be changed to excused. If anyone other than a parent or legal guardian is to sign a student out of school, the note the student brings in the morning must indicate the person's name and relationship to the student and include the parent's telephone number for verification.
Other Attendance Policies:
I. The attendance office cannot take phone calls for student checkouts. We must either have a note from the parent, which will be verified, or the parent must come to the attendance office with their I.D. to check the student out. Identification is required byOlaMiddle Schoolbefore a student will be called out of class.
II. ONLY persons listed on the emergency card will be able to checkout students. Please make sure that all contact names are included on this card. (exceptions: refer to last paragraph of checking in/checking out)
III. In the interest of preserving the instructional environmentwe do not allow checkoutsafter 3:00P.M.
V. Students are required to come to the Front office for any calls regarding checkouts due to illness (cell phone use during school hours is prohibited). Students that choose to use cell phones to call parents will be subject to disciplinary action.
Student Handbooks will be issued the first day of school to every student enrolled atOlaMiddle School. Teachers will review information within the handbook with all the students. Parents and students are asked to sign the "Student & Parent Handbook" Acknowledgement Form and return it to their teacher by Friday, August 10, 2012. Any questions regarding Attendance can be found in the Henry County Student & Parent Handbook on pages 4, 5, and 6.
Student attendance may be viewed through Infinite Campus. If you had an Infinite Campus account previously you will be able to use the same user name & password for OMS. You can obtain your activation code in person from the guidance office or by contacting the guidance office staff by phone. Please be aware that attendance letters are mailed at 3 (Letter#1), 5 (Letter #2) and 8 (Letter #3) unexcused absences. The School Social Worker is notified at the distribution of Letter #3.
Students are not permitted to carry medication on them (prescription or over-the-counter) or leave in their lockers (with the exception of inhalers and epi pens). A parent/guardian needs to complete aStudent Health & Medication Authorization Formfor each medication the student needs and this form will be retained along with the medication in the Nurse’s office. This information must be updated yearly.
Change of Transportation
Students are to bring change of transportation notes to the front office at the beginning of the school day. The note must include the parent/guardian signature and include the parent/guardian telephone number for verification. Front office personnel will call parent/guardian to verify the change. No change of transportation will be accepted over the telephone or by e-mail. Any change of transportation submitted by facsimile must include a signature, telephone number for verification, and a clear, visible copy of parent/guardian driver’s license.
Parents & Guardians:
Chronic absenteeism affects a student's ability to learn in school and succeed in school. School approved field trips/activities; medically documented absences and suspensions will not count toward excessive absences. If a student has a serious medical or legal problem, the student's parent/guardian is responsible for notifying the attendance office and the student's counselor.
Excessive absences will be addressed according to the Henry County Absentee policy.
Last Modified on 6/7/2010 2:08:33 PM