As mandated by the Henry County Board of Education and the State Board of Education

    Frequent absences, tardies, and/or checkouts from school are detrimental to the academic success of individual students and classmates. Students should arrive at school on time and should remain in school for the complete school day.


    Based on Georgia Law (20-2-690.1) and the State board of Education Rule (JB), any child between the ages of 6 and 16 who during the school calendar year has more than five days of unexcused absences from school will be considered truant.

    The legal penalties and consequences for truancy include referral of parents, guardians, or custodies 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 care of a child or children 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 State of Georgia.


    Any student that is absent or tardy from school must bring a handwritten note or medical doctor’s excuse the first day he/she returns to school for the absence to be excused. Please review the list of excused absences in the HCS Student Handbook.

    We will only accept 6 handwritten notes from home as excused absences for the entire year. After 6 handwritten notes, a medical doctor’s excuse will be required to excuse any absence. In addition, if a student is absent due to a sickness resulting in 3 or more consecutive days absent, a medical doctor’s note will be required to excuse the absence.

    Any student who is not in class by 7:45 a.m. is considered tardy. All check-ins after 7:45 will be unexcused unless accompanied by a medical doctor/dentist or sick excuse the first day the student returns.

    Parents of students with excessive absences, tardies, or checkouts may be required to attend a meeting to set-up an attendance contract with the school counselor or school social worker.


    Students who have no absences, no tardies and no early check-outs will qualify for the Perfect Attendance Breakfast that will be held at the end of every 9 week grading period.  These students will also qualify for the Perfect Attendance Award at the end of the school year if they have no absences, no tardies and no early check-outs during the entire 2017-2018 school year.

    Thank you in advance for ensuring that your child has regular and punctual school attendance.




    ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­I have read the above attendance policy/procedure for Cotton Indian Elementary School. I understand as a parent it is my responsibility to make sure that my child arrives at school on time and should remain in school for the complete school day.

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