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Attendance Policy

Compulsory school attendance is required of all children between the ages of six and sixteen residing within the State of Georgia. Good attendance in school promotes positive academic outcomes such being promoted and graduating high school on time. It is the responsibility of the parent, guardian, or other person for ensuring regular attendance of a school age child lies with the parent, guardian, or other person with whom the child resides (O.C.G.A. § 20-2-690.1). In an effort to improve student attendance, the Valdosta City School System has established procedures to address student absences from school.
As permitted under Georgia state law and Georgia State Board of Education policies, a student’s absence, tardy or early checkout may be excused for the following reasons:

1. Personal illness or when attendance in school would endanger a student’s health or the health of others;
2. Serious illness or death of an immediate family member;
3. A mandated absence by order of governmental agencies, including pre induction physical examinations for
service in the armed forces;
4. Special and recognized religious holidays observed by the student’s family;
5. Conditions that render attendance impossible or hazardous to one’s health or safety;
6. Registering to vote or voting, for a period not to exceed one day; and
7. To visit with a parent serving in the armed forces of the United States or the National Guard. 
                                       ONLY 3 PARENT NOTES MAY BE SUBMITTED EACH SEMESTER.
A dated and signed note from the parent or guardian and/or physician must be given to the student’s
homeroom teacher and/or the attendance secretary explaining the reason for the absence on the first day the student returns to school or within three (3) days of returning to school. Otherwise, the absence will remain unexcused.

In the event that a student’s personal illness or attendance at school endangers a student’s health or the health of others, the school may require the student to present appropriate medical documentation upon return to school for the purpose of validating that the absence is an excused absence.
In the event that a student has excessive absences for health reasons, the school may require medical documentation, from a physician, before it can be determined whether or not to excuse an absence.