Osborne High School

Joshua Morreale, Principal

Sheldon Bulluck, AP  |  Jennifer Glendenning, AP  |  Brandon Mann, AP |  Amy Perkins, AP
Amanda Pittman, AP |  Bryan Rathke, AP  |  Angelo Washington, AP |  Andrea Battaglia, SSA

2451 Favor Road
Marietta, GA 30060
Phone: 770-437-5900
Fax: 770-437-5902

ATTENDANCE GUIDELINES FOR PARENTS

(770) 437-5900
(770) 437-5902 FAX
Bryan Rathke, Attendance Administrator ext 241
Clementina Castro, Attendance Clerk ext 233
Office Hours 7:30am - 3:30pm

Cobb County School District Attendance Policy

The Attendance Office at R.L. Osborne High School is located in the main building and is open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This is where students may check in or out of school when necessary.

WHAT IF I AM ABSENT FROM SCHOOL?
Students who have been absent from school must submit an excuse note to the Attendance Office upon their return to school.  Per Cobb County policy, notes must be turned in the first day that a student returns to school following an absence, but no later than three (3) days after the student’s return to school.  Notes will NOT be accepted after the three (3) day limit. 
The Georgia State Board of Education policy allows only the following circumstances to be EXCUSED:

  • Personal illness
  • Death or serious illness in the immediate family (parents, stepparents, legal guardians, grandparents, and siblings)
  • Recognized religious holidays observed by the student's faith
  • Absences mandated by governmental agencies (court orders, etc.)
  • Conditions which render school attendance impossible or hazardous to the student's health and safety
  • Service as a page in the Georgia General Assembly

All other reasons for absence are UNEXCUSED. 

WHAT INFORMATION NEEDS TO BE INCLUDED IN AN EXCUSE NOTE?
All excuse notes must include the following information: 

·         Student name

·         Student school ID number

·         Date(s) of absence(s)

·         Reason for absence

·         Contact number where the parent can be reached

·         Parent signature

Where possible, all excuse notes must be on official letterhead from a doctor, government agency, etc.  If this is not possible, parents are permitted to write the excuse note.  Please note that students are NOT permitted to write excuse notes, even if the parent signs it.  Notes written by students will NOT be accepted.

WHAT IF I AM TARDY TO SCHOOL OR CHECKING IN LATE?
If a student arrives at school after 8:20 am, an excuse note is required if the tardy is to be marked excused.  Only the reasons above may be excused.  Students must check-in at the Attendance Office upon arrival.  Please note that excessive tardies or failure to sign in properly will result in disciplinary referral.

OHS Tardy Policy in English
OHS Tardy Policy in Spanish

WHAT IF I NEED TO CHECK OUT OF SCHOOL EARLY?
Early checkout from school is highly discouraged.  Appointments and other engagements should not be scheduled during school hours.  If it is absolutely necessary for a student to check out of school early, they may check out between 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm so that they are still counted present in school for the day.  Students can be checked out by having a parent or individual on his/her emergency contact list sign them out in the Attendance Office.  Anyone checking a student out of school MUST present ID.  Students will NOT be permitted to be checked out of school by someone who is not on his/her emergency contact list.  Contacts can be added to or removed from the list in the Counseling Office.

If a student walks or drives to school and is required to depart during the school day, a written note from a parent (including departure time and a phone number where the parent can be reached) is required regardless of the student’s age.  This note should be submitted to the Attendance Office by no later than 8:15 am.  If a parent wishes to fax a note, they may send the fax to (770) 437-5902.

All notes will be verified with a parent, and the student will be released at the appropriate time after the note is verified.  Students will NOT be permitted to depart if verification with a parent is not possible.

Only the reasons listed above will be considered excused absences.  An excuse note from a doctor, government agency, etc. will be required upon the student’s return to school in order for the absence in any missed classes to be excused.  Any absences following early checkout without a note will be marked as unexcused.  

Certificates of Enrollment
Certificates of Enrollment (COE) for a student's driver's permit can be requested in the Attendance Office each day before 3:00pm.  The cost is $2.00 and exact change must be provided since we are not permitted to make change, and no coins are accepted.  COEs may be picked up in the Attendance Office before 3:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays of each week.  To ensure that a COE will be ready for pick-up in the same week of request, it must be requested and paid for before Tuesday at 3:00pm of each week.

Attendance Procedures in English
Attendance Procedures in Spanish