Please carefully review the Attendance Procedures that applies to all students enrolled at HCMS:
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 Attendance Procedures
For any absence to be excused, on the first day a student returns, a handwritten note or a medical doctor’s excuse must be submitted. Please review the list of excused absences in the Henry County Schools Student Handbook listed on page five (5).
We will only accept five (5) handwritten notes for the school year.
After five (5) handwritten notes or a total of 10 days absent (excused or unexcused), absences will remain unexcused unless a doctor's note is submitted. In addition, if a student is absent due to a sickness resulting in three (3) or more days absent, only a doctor's note will excuse the absences.If your student has extenuating circumstances in regard to a medical condition, please contact our counseling office for more information.
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 HCMS. You can obtain your activation code in person from the counseling office or by contacting the counseling office staff at 770-957-3945.
Please be aware that attendance letters are mailed when a student reaches the 3rd, 5th, and 8th unexcused absences. Parents of students with 5 absences (excused or unexcused) will be required to attend a meeting to set-up an attendance contract with the graduation coach. The School Social Worker is notified when a student has 8 unexcused absences.
The legal penalties and consequences for truancy include referral of parents, guardians, or custodians to State Court and referral of juveniles to Juvenile Court for prosecution. Any parent, guardian, or other person residing in this state who has control or charge of a child or children and who violates the Mandatory Attendance Code section of Georgia law, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and,upon conviction thereof, shall be subject to a fine of not less than $25.00 and not greater than $100.00, imprisonment not to exceed 30 days, community service, or any combination of such penalties per absence. Each day’s absence from school is a violation of this provision and shall constitute a separate offense. If convicted of truancy, juveniles may face severe penalties under the Juvenile Code of the State of Georgia.
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.
For more information, please see the Student or Parent Handbooks, pages 4, 5, and 6.