As educators, parents, and community members, we all recognize the relationships between daily school attendance, student performance, graduation, and success in the workplace.

We also know that the amount of time actually spent in class is a good measure of student access to an education and ultimate success. Each tardy, early check-out or absence means a student has lost an opportunity to learn.

The Jackson County School System is striving to improve our students’ academic success through improved school attendance. Georgia legislators have created several laws to encourage student attendance. In addition, the Georgia Board of Education has adopted a policy on student attendance. The Jackson County Board of Education policy and procedures reflects the state laws and Georgia Board of Education policy.

Excused absences are those designated by state law, State Board of Education policy, and Jackson County School Board policy. Students may be excused for the following reasons:

  • When the student is personally ill and/or when attendance in school would endanger his/her health or the health of others (medical documentation will be required).
  • A serious illness or death in a student’s immediate family necessitating absence from school (medical documentation may be required).
  • 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.
  • Observing religious holidays, necessitating absence from school; conditions rendering attendance impossible or hazardous to student health or safety.
  • A period of absence not to exceed one day will be allowed for registering to vote or voting in a public election.
  • A student whose parent or legal guardian is in the military service in the armed forces of the United States or the National Guard, and such parent or legal guardian has been called to duty for or is on leave from overseas deployment to a combat zone or combat support posting, shall be granted excused absences, up to a maximum of five school days per school year, for the day or days missed from school to visit with his or her parent or legal guardian prior to such parent’s or legal guardian’s deployment or during such parent’s or legal guardian’s leave.
  • Students serving as a page of the Georgia General Assembly are considered present
  • Absences accumulated in other Georgia schools during the same school year will be applied to these procedures.
  • Students are expected to make up all missed work, regardless of the reason for the absence.


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Parents may write notes to the school excusing up to five absences per school year without medical documentation. Phone calls will not be accepted.

A parent / guardian who violates the Compulsory Education Law shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof, shall be subject per violation to a fine 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 at the discretion of the court having jurisdiction.

Each day’s unexcused absence beyond five unexcused absences constitutes one violation.