Kell High School Pupil Personnel Office (PPO)
            (678) 494-7844 ext. 227

Attendance Policies for 2012-2013:

The Pupil Personnel Office handles student requests for checking in and out of school, along with the attendance procedures as determined by Cobb County School System.


*It is not necessary to call PPO to notify that a student is absent to school*

Returning to School after an Absence

A letter written by a parent/guardian or licensed physician must be presented to PPO the day a student returns to school from an absence. The statement should indicate 1) the reason for the absence, 2) the number of days absent, 3) work and/or home phone number where a parent can be reached and 4) the parent’s signature.

Excused Absences

The Georgia Board of Education states that students may be temporarily excused from school for the following reasons:

  • When personally ill and when attendance in school would endanger their health or the health of others.

  • When in their immediate family there is a serious illness or death, which would reasonably necessitate absences from school.

  • On a special and recognized religious holidays observed by their faith.

  • When mandated by order of governmental agencies (pre-induction physical examination of service in armed forces or court order).

  • Due to conditions rendering school attendance impossible or hazardous to their health or safety.

  • In order to register to vote (not to exceed one day).

  • All other reasons will be recorded as unexcused. (Refer to Cobb County School Board policy JE regarding student attendance policies).

 Tardy to School

If a student arrives to school after 8:20am, he/she must report to the PPO to sign in.


Excessive tardies to school or failure to sign in properly will result in disciplinary referral.

Withdrawals

Any student withdrawing from school for any reason is to report to the Guidance office for the proper forms. Please be advised that it may take 24 to 48 hours for withdrawal paperwork to be processed

 Checking Out of School

Early checkout from school is discouraged. Students and parents should try to arrange medical and other appointments after school hours. A student who must check out of school early is to bring a note to PPO by 8:15a.m. The note should include:

  • Student’s first and last name
  • Student’s ID number
  • Parent’s name and/or signature
  • Reason for early dismissal request
  • Telephone number where the parent can be reached during the school day to verify checkout request


       If a student is driving or walking, a parent must be contacted before he/she is allowed to leave campus.

        In the event that a parent cannot be reached, the student will not be permitted to leave.

If an emergency medical appointment is scheduled on the same day and the student is driving, the parent must send a fax to 770-516-4257, in advance to arrange for a student checkout.


Any early dismissals that have not been pre-arranged (walk-ins) will not be accommodated after 3:10 p.m. without an Administrator’s approval.


Our student’s education and safety are our main concern; therefore we appreciate your cooperation in abiding by the guidelines indicated above.

 Certificate of Attendance for Driver’s Licenses

A Certificate of Attendance is needed in order to receive a learner’s and driver’s license. These are handled in the PPO office during the hours of 7:45 A.M. – 3:30 P.M. daily.


Student may report to the PPO office to request the form any day during the week. The student may pick up the certified and notarized form within 24 to 48hrs in the Front Office. The $2.00 notary fee is payable to Kell High School at the time of pick up. Certificates of Attendance must be presented to the Department of Motor Vehicle within 30 days of issuance.


Please refer to the Department of Driving Services’ website at
www.dds.ga.gov and review the section on Teenage & Adult Drivers Responsibly Act (TAADRA) for driving guidelines.


Please visit our website at
www.cobb.k12.ga.us. Select “High Schools”, then Kell.