Attending school regularly is very important if students want to succeed in school. Georgia law requires that all children
between the ages of six (6) and sixteen (16) attend school unless they have a lawful reason to be absent. In addition,
students under the age of (6) who have been on roll for twenty (20) or more days fall under the provision of the Georgia
Mandatory Attendance Law, O.C.G.A. § 20-2-150(c).
Students who have more than five (5) days of unexcused absences during the school year will be considered truant. The
legal penalties for truancy include referral of students to Juvenile Court and referral of parents to State Court. Any Georgia
resident who has control or charge of a child who is convicted of violating mandatory school attendance requirements will
be subject to a fine of not less than $25.00 and not more than $100.00, imprisonment not to exceed 30 days, community
service, or any combination of such penalties perabsence.
*UGMS only allows five (5) parent notes to excuse absences, check-ins, and check outs. These five notes do not include doctor notes from a physician, dentist or other medical provider. Parent notes must be turned in within 3 days of returning to school.