Please review carefully the Attendance Procedures that apply to all students enrolled at LGH. I encourage every parent and student to read the Student Handbook cover to cover as well any inserts:
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 7th 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."
School attendance is the responsibility of both parents and students.
LGHS Hours 8:15 a.m. - 3:25 p.m.
Half Day Count Students Must be present in school at least 4 hours out of the school day
Checking In/Checking Out
Students arriving to school after 8:15 a.m. must report to the attendance window to sign-in and receive a tardy slip. Students will only be allowed three (3) handwritten parent notes per semester to excuse a tardy to school due to personal illness or reasons listed in the student handbook as excusable.
State law requires school attendance for students ages 6 to 16. Henry County Board of Education Policy states that students will be excused from school according to the reasons listed in the student handbook. LGHS students are allowed 8 handwritten parent notes for the school year for excusable absences. All excuses (Doctor or Parent note) must be received the first day back to school no later than the third day back to school. Parent notes/emails require parent signature.
Absences are UNEXCUSED for all other reasons, including but not limited to: missing bus, family visits, driver’s permit/license, oversleeping, car trouble, vacations, babysitting, trips, running errands and/or skipping school. Class work and/or tests may not be made up for unexcused absences.
I. The attendance office will not take phone calls for student checkouts. The attendance office will not accept notes for checkouts after 11:30 a.m. daily. We must have a signed note from the parent/guardian, which will be verified, or the parent must come to the attendance office with their I.D. to check the student out. All faxed and emailed notes must be signed and scanned with parent ID attached. Identification is required by Locust Grove High School before 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. Students will not be allowed to call for checkout unless they are visibly ill.
IV. In the interest of preserving the instructional environment we do not allow checkouts after 3:00 P.M.
Students who leave campus without checking out or who are absent from school without parent permission will be considered truant (AWOL). Students who skip a portion of a class, a full class, or several classes are considered truant. A referral will be submitted to the administrator of that student. They will not be allowed to make up missed assignments for being AWOL.
Procedures for Students Who Drive To School:
I. The student should take his/her signed checkout note to the attendance office before 8:15 a.m. The note must have the students first and last name, a date, time of checkout, reason, parent signature and parent's telephone number.
II. The attendance office staff will call to verify the note and once verified, prepare a pass for the student to come to the attendance office at checkout time if checkout is during class time. The student will need to pick up this pass between classes prior to checkout time.
III. The student will then come to the attendance office at checkout time to receive their checkout slip in order to leave the premises.