Lawful Absence 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:

Personal illness or when attendance in school would endanger a student's health or the health of others; Serious illness or death of an immediate family member; Mandated absence by order of governmental agencies, including pre-induction physical examinations for service in the armed forces; Observing religious holidays, necessitating absence from school; Conditions that render attendance impossible or hazardous to one's health or safety; Registering to vote or voting, for a period not to exceed one day; and Reuniting of families between military deployments, not to exceed five days.

NOTE: For school attendance purposes, students shall be counted present when they are in attendance at least one-half of the instructional day or serving as pages of the Georgia General Assembly.