Sheila Staples - LGHS Attendance Clerk___________________________________________________________Welcome To Wildcat Attendance
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.
General Student Attendance Procedures:LGHS Hours 8:15 AM - 3:15 PMHalf Day Count 12:15 PMSelf Checkout Notes Cut-Off 12:15 PM DailyCheckOut Cut Off 3:00 PMIn an effort to minimize unexcused tardies to school a new Tardy Policy has been implemented. Beginning October 12, 2018 - All students checking in late to school unexcused at the Attendance Window must also report to the tardy kiosk located in the commons area to secure a pass.
Checking In/Checking Out
All check-ins and check-outs are handled through the attendance office. 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. Please keep in mind that tardy notes that vaguely reference a family emergency will not be excused. A student with excessive tardies may have his/her parking privileges revoked at any time.Students who accumulate excessive unexcused check-ins or check-outs will be subject to an administrative referral. Upon returning 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.The attendance office will not take phone calls for student checkouts. The attendance office will not accept notes for self checkouts after 12:15 p.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. 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)Students who drive to school and the parent wishes for them to self-checkout 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. Siblings are not allowed to check each other out. Enrolled studetns at LGH are not allowed to check each other out. The attendance office staff will call to verify the note and once the note is verified, a pass will be prepared for the student to come to the attendance office at the designated time of checkout to sign out. The student will need to pick up this pass between classes prior to checkout time. All students issued this checkout pass MUST come to the attendance office before leaving campus. No student may be checked out after 3:00 PM nor are students allowed checkouts during exam days before the exam release time.As a notification to parents/guardians students will not be called out of class for forgotten items nor medication. They can however be called in between the change of classes to the front office. Parents/guardians wishing to see a student during instructional class time will have to see a school administrator.
ABSENCE NOTE POLICY
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 Parent notes must be received the first day back to school no later than the third day back to school to be excused. Parent notes/emails require parent signature for validation. Doctor notes are taken all school year.Absences are UNEXCUSED for all other reasons, including but not limited to: notes that vaguely reference family emergency, missing school bus, family visits, driver’s permit, 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.
In order to avoid missing school it is best for students to visit colleges and Universities during the weekends, during breaks or during the summer. If a junior or senior must do a college visit during the school day, then it is the responsibility of the student to secure a college visit form from the counseling office which should be accompanied by a signed parent note. Proof of college visit is required to show the visit as a "Fieldtrip" upon return to school. The student will need a note from the college on their letterhead. Excused college visits are limited to three(3) per school year.
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. Students who drive and leave campus without proper documented parent permission may have his/her parking privileges revoked at any time.
Student HandbookStudent Handbooks will be issued the first day of school to every student enrolled at Locust Grove High 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 3, 2018 Any questions regarding Attendance can be found in the Henry County Student & Parent Handbook on pages 9, 10, and 11. You are encouraged to read the student handbook cover to cover as well any inserts for the handbook.
Infinite CampusStudent 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 LGHS. 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.
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.Certificate of School Enrollment & ADAP CertificateThe Henry County Schools Student & Parent Handbook states a student should make their request at least two weeks prior to the date needed. LGHS Attendance Office policy states students can sign up for a Certificate of school Enrollment in the Attendance Office before school, during their lunch, or after school. There is a 24-hour request processing period along with a $2 cost as this is a notarized form. Students may pick up the completed form the following school day before school, during their lunch or after school. The Certificate is valid for 30 days following issuance.Students received an ADAP Certificate upon completion of the Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program in Health class. If a second copy is needed, this Certificate can be requested from Mrs. Staples in the Attendance office at no charge. Please allow one day for processing this request.
Academy/Dual Enrolled/Impact Students AttendanceStudents who arrive at LGH from the Academy, who are Dual Enrolled and those who are Impact Academy should be signing in outside the attendance office on the sign in sheets. The Graduation Coach has also created a QR Code check-in system which can be used via cellphone scan. Those students who do not sign in nor use the QR code to check in daily will be marked absent. They will have to have teacher email verification sent to the attendance office to change an absence. Continued practices of not signing in may result in an office referral.