• Attendance 

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    Research has shown that by 9th grade, attendance can predict graduation rates even better than 8th-grade test scores.  Absences add up quickly, and missing even two days a month on a regular basis can cause a student to fall behind academically.  We know some absences or tardies are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances, but, regardless of the reason, our goal is to ensure every student attends school regularly. 

  • Excused Absences

    State Attendance Rule 160-5-1-10 states that students will be excused from school under the following circumstances:

    1. Personal illness or attendance at school endangers a student's health or the health of others.

    2.  A serious illness or death in a student's immediate family necessitates an absence from school.

    3. A court order or an order by a governmental agency, including pre-induction physical examinations for service in the armed forces, mandating absence from school.

    4. Observing religious holidays, necessitating absence from school.

    5. Conditions rendering attendance impossible or hazardous to student health or safety.
    **Note: This decision is made only by Dr. Calvin Watts, Superintendent of Gwinnett County Public Schools.

    6. A period not to exceed one day is allowed, at the discretion of the local unit of administration, for registering to vote or voting in a public election.

    7. Visiting with a parent or legal guardian prior to or during leave from deployment to a combat zone or combat support posting as a member of the armed forces of the United States or the National Guard (maximum of five school days per year).

    Students must bring a parent/guardian or doctor's note to the front lobby attendance desk within 5 days of returning to school. Absences are unexcused for all other reasons, including but not limited to missing the bus, oversleeping, vacations, car trouble, traffic, or power outage.

  • Pre-Arranged Check Outs or Absence

    Written notification of a pre-arranged check out must be turned in by 7:30 am on the morning of the checkout.  If not using the “Absent/Tardy Form” to notify the school of the pre-arranged absence, the note provided must include ALL of the following information:

    • Student’s first and last name
    • Student’s school ID number
    • Reason for checking out
    • Time of check out
    • Signature of a parent/guardian listed as a contact in the student information system
    • Contact number of parent/guardian listed as a contact in the student information system


    **Please Note: All pre-arranged checkouts must be verified with a phone call before a student will be allowed to leave campus. 

    In order to maintain a positive learning environment, checks outs are not permitted after 1:30 pm on regular school days.  
    Checkouts are not permitted on exam days.

  • Tardies to School or Class

    All students are expected to be in school and/or class on time.  Students are considered tardy after the first-period tardy bell sounds (7:20 am).  Tardies to school are classified as excused or unexcused according to the state guidelines for absences.  Consequences ranging from silent lunch to in-school suspension may be issued when a student is late to school or class more than 6 times in a semester.  After 10 unexcused tardies, medical documentation may be requested to excuse subsequent tardies.  Tardiness to school for medical or court appointments will be classified unexcused until proper documentation is received from the physician or office of the court.

    Students arriving late to school must present a note from a parent/guardian stating the date, reason for the late arrival, parent signature, and parent phone number for verification, or the tardy will be classified as unexcused.  Excuse notes should be brought in within 5 days of the tardy.  Students who do not check in and report straight to class are not following directions and will receive a disciplinary consequence.

  • Absence/Tardy Form

    To document an absence or tardy attendance (pre-arranged or after the event), you may print this form and turn it in at the Attendance desk just inside the front door of the school.  This form will be available in paper form also at:

    • Attendance desk
    • Front Office
    • 9th and 10th Grade Student Support Office
    • 11th & 12th Grade Student Support Office
    • Counseling Office 

    Absences and tardies to school are noted in the form. If you have additional documents to provide, just attach them to the form. 

    Absence/Tardy Form (English)
    Absence/Tardy Form (Spanish)

  • College Visits

    • If a senior must go on a college visit during a school day, the “College Visit Form” should be completed prior to the absence related a college visit.
    • The form is completed in parts by teachers and parents prior to the college visit.  During the college visit, a college official will sign the form to validate the senior’s visit.
    • The form is turned into at Attendance desk upon return to school.
    • In order to avoid falling behind academically, it is recommended that college visits take place during non-school days or weekends.

  • Impact of Absences & Responses

    1 Period

    55 minutes of instruction

    Coordinate with 1 teacher for 1 lesson

    Automated Parent Contact


    1 Day

    5.5 hours of instruction

    Coordinate with 6 teachers for 6 lessons

    Automated Parent Contact


    5 Days

    27 hours of instruction

    Coordinate with 6 teachers for 30 lessons

    Automated Parent Contact

    5 Unexcused Days - Parent Letter

    6+ Interventions by Attendance Team/Counselors


    10 Days

    54 hours of instruction

    Coordinate with 6 teachers for 60 lessons

    Automated Parent Contact

    10 Unexcused Days - Parent Letter

    Targeted Interventions & SARC/SST Meeting


    15 Days

    81 hours of instruction

    Coordinate with 6 teachers for 90 lessons

    Automated Parent Contact

    15 Unexcused Days - Parent Letter

    School Social Worker Support


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    Attendance Team

    Front Office Staff: Eve Cunningham & Leigh Gibson

    Support: Josh Lovelady

    Associate Principal: Dr. Chesley Cypert

    Social Worker: Laura Eubanks

    **Additional staff may serve intermittently on the Attendance Team, including administrators, counselors and teachers.

    Interventions and Supports
    At any time you need help with attendance-related concerns, the Attendance Team (team members listed above) is more than happy to connect you, your child, or your parent/guardian with someone to help.  Simply call or stop by the Attendance desk, and we will work with you to determine the best people, strategies, and resources to support your needs. 

SOAR Strategy for Success

  • Success comes with intentional steps.  Check out the SOAR Strategy for Success by following the link.  The video explains how to use tools at your fingertips to complete tasks on time, plan study time, get help, make up missing work and build in time for fun. 

    A simple template is available for printing or digital use.   

    SOAR Strategy Video