The Cobb County Board of Education considers regular
school attendance to be essential for education success. Students
shall be in attendance in accordance with the requirements of the
compulsory attendance law and for the number of full length days
prescribed by law.
Excuse Note Policy
You must bring a note from your parents by the
day you return to the class you missed. If you miss a number of
days in a row, one note will be acceptable for all days missed.
The note must include your NAME, grade, DATE (S) of absence, REASON
for absence, PARENT SIGNATURE, and PHONE NUMBER where a parent can
be reached. Notes without all of the above information will cause
the absence to be considered unexcused.
Notes must be received by the day you return to
the class from which you were absent. No late notes or FAXED
notes will be accepted. NO PHONE CALLS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
During the first class, the student must give
the note to the teacher. The absence is coded excused if the
absence is a result of the reasons listed below.
An admit slip, indicating whether the absence
is excused or unexcused, will be given to the student which must
be presented to all teachers in all classes missed. The admit slip
must be presented within three days of returning to school.
State law governs excused absences to school. A
student may be excused for the following reasons:
Serious Illness or Death in the Family
Special and Recognized religious holidays
observed by his/her faith
Preinduction Physical Examination for service
in Armed Forces
Conditions rendering school attendance
impossible or hazardous to his/her health or safety
After a student has missed four (4) consecutive
days of school due to illness, the parent may contact the guidance
office to request make up work. Work may be picked 24 hours after
making the request. Long-term absences may require a homebound
teacher. Required for consideration for extended absences due
to family trips/activities must be submitted in writing to the
grade-level administration prior to absences. If approved, the
absences will be considered unexcused, but the opportunity for
make-up work will be offered.
When a student has missed 5 days in a particular
class, the classroom teacher will contact the parent/guardian. When
a student has missed 7 days, the student is seen by a grade-level
administrator/designee and a social worker referral is sent. At 10
days of missed school, and again at 15 missed days of school, there
will be a letter sent from the school regarding the absences. At 10
days of unexcused absences, a minor student (14 to 18 years of age) will have his/her learner's permit or driver's license suspended for
one year or until the minor's eighteenth birthday, whichever comes
first. After 20 days absences, the student will be required to
provide a doctor's note to excuse any further absences, including
early dismissals. If no note is provided, the absence will be
unexcused. The 10, 15, and 20 day absence rule is
cumulative for the school year.
MAKE UP WORK
Make-up work is a student's
responsibility. No make-up work is allowed for unexcused absences. A
student may make up all work missed for excused absences only if the
student presents an excused admit slip to the teacher within three
days of the date he/she returns to school. A cooperative plan
between the student and the teacher for the missed work must be made
within four school days beginning with the date of the student's
return. The teacher may require scheduled tests/long-term
assignments immediately upon a student's return. A student suspended
from In-School Suspension. Make-up work done outside of school must
be returned on the day of the student's return to school. Exams
cannot be given early.
Long Term Projects: All long term
projects will have a date designated as the last day the project
will be accepted by the teacher for full credit. Projects may be
turned in any time prior to the designated day, but not after the
To be excused for being tardy to
school a student must present a doctor's or dentist's official
appointment verification, a note regarding student illness, or a
document for a court ordered appearance at the time the student
signs in to school. Tardies due to missing the bus, traffic,
oversleeping, car trouble, etc. are unexcused.
Any student checking into school
after 8:30 a.m. must sign in with the Attendance Office. If
parent/guardian signs the student into school, a note must still be
presented stating the reason for tardy.
NOTE: Tardies are cumulative for ALL
classes/homeroom each semester.
CHECK OUT POLICY (EARLY
In an effort to provide parents with
access to their children through our check out procedure during
instructional time, the following guidelines are to be followed:
If the student is planning to check
out for a prearranged reason (medical appointment that could only be
scheduled during the school day, funeral attendance, court
appearance) he/she must bring a note to the attendance office before
first block begins (8:25 a.m.).
All notes from home must include the
student's name, current date, a brief explanation identifying the
reason for being checked out, the check out time, phone number
where a parent or guardian can be reached before the check out time
and the parent's signature.
At the designated release time,
the student must go to the attendance office to sign out.
Any student who leaves campus without
properly checking out will receive disciplinary action and may lose
his/her parking permit and driving privileges for at least 45 school
days. McEachern High School is a closed campus. Students must
stay on the School grounds from the time they arrive, even if school
has not started, until dismissal.
Any student who leaves campus must
check out through the attendance office.
If a student becomes ill during the
school day he/she should notify the teacher and secure a pass to the
Students must keep early dismissal
passes to present to teachers for excusing absences.
The school reserves the right to
require written requests or personal appearance of parent/guardian
and proper identification before a student is dismissed.