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Attendance Information

Bell Schedule

Warning Bell 8:18 A.M.
Period 1 8:25 – 10:02 A.M. 1 hr. 37 min. Warning Bell 10:07 A.M.
Period 2 10:08 - 11:38 A.M. 1 hr. 30 min. Warning Bell 11:43 A.M.
Period 3 11:44 - 1:44 P.M. 2 hours
Lunch A - 11:44 - 12:14 Lunch C - 12:44 - 1:14
Lunch B - 12:14 - 12:44 Lunch D - 1:14 - 1:44 Warning Bell 1:49 P.M.
Period 4 1:50 - 3:25 P.M. 1 hr. 35 min

Warning Bell 8:18 A.M.
Period 1 8:25 - 9:52A.M. 1 hr. 27 min. Warning Bell 9:57 A.M.
HOMEROOM 9:58 - 10:14 A.M. 16 min. Warning 10:19 A.M.
Period 2 10:20 - 11:46 A.M. 1 hr. 26 min. Warning Bell 11:51 A.M.
Period 3 11:52 - 1:52 P.M. 2 hours
Lunch A – 11:52 – 12:22 Lunch C - 12:52 – 1:22
Lunch B – 12:22 – 12:52 Lunch D - 1:22 – 1:52 Warning Bell 1:57 P.M.
Period 4 1:58 - 3:25 P.M. 1 hr. 27 min


  • Attendance at school is vital! 
    Studies show that student presence in the classroom is a major factor in their performance. 

    Encourage your student to be in class every day. 
    Remind them of Wheeler’s Attendance Incentive Program—students with two or fewer absences may exempt one final of the classes where they have a “B” average or above! (Some classes are exempt, check for details.)

  • Contact Ms.Gagat in the Attendance Office with any attendance concerns. She will be happy to work with you.

  • Always keep the school up-to-date on your contact information!
    Whenever your phone number—home, business, cell, beeper—or address changes, send the new information to the Attendance Office right away. Be sure you list at least one other person who can pick up your student or give permission for them to leave, and keep their phone number(s) current, too!
    Fill out this Emergency Form and turn it in to the Attendance Office.

  • Magnet Students need to notify Attendance and Mary McGinnis in the Magnet office of any phone number or address changes.
  • A Student may not leave during the day until the school contacts a parent/guardian or person on his/her emergency contact sheet.

  • A student is not considered present for the day unless they remain until at least 11:45 AM.



  • When a student has been absent he/she must bring a written statement from a parent/guardian within 2 days of returning stating the reason he was absent. This statement is brought to the Attendance Office and exchanged for an “Absence Slip” which is shown to all the student’s teachers.

  • If an absence is unexcused or this statement is not brought, zeroes will be given for all work missed. The student has two school days to clear an absence.
  • Absence is excused by state law for the following reasons:

     Personal illness

     Death or severe illness in the immediate family

     Recognized religious holidays observed by the student’s faith

     Government-related excuses: absence for court appearance or otherwise mandated by order of governmental agencies; registering to vote or voting in a public election; serving as page of the Georgia General Assembly.

     Conditions under which school attendance would be impossible or hazardous to their health or safety.

      Absences are also excused for medical appointments

  • Students may request approval for a personal/family “field trip” such as a college visit where absence is unexcused but work may be made up. Contact the Attendance Office a few days in advance.
  • When a student is absent or tardy the school’s automatic phone system calls the home with a recorded message. If you have any question about your student’s attendance status, please call the Attendance Office.

Tardy, Late Arrival

  • All students who are not in their classroom by the 8:25 tardy bell must report to a Late Arrival System (LAS) station for an admit slip to class.
  • If the student does not have a written, confirmable note from a parent or guardian the tardy will be considered unexcused.
  • Tardies will be marked as excused or unexcused according to the previous stated absence policy.
  • Six unexcused tardies to school will result in the revocation of parking privileges

Early Dismissal

  • Students may not leave until a parent/guardian or a person on the student’s emergency list is contacted by the Attendance Office.
  • Please try to avoid having students leave between 3:00-3:25.
  • Parents should send a note with the student who should bring it to the Attendance Office in the morning. The note should contain:

          Student and parent’s full name and time the student should leave
          A phone number where a parent or guardian may be contacted by
           the Attendance Office before the time the student is to leave.
          Reason for leaving. Absence from remaining classes is excused or
         unexcused according to the policies above.
          Who will pick up the student, or if the student is driving himself.

  • The Attendance Office calls to verify the note, then a dismissal slip is written. If a student leaves without a dismissal slip, disciplinary action will be taken.
  • If an early dismissal note is submitted to Attendance in the morning, the student will be waiting in the Attendance Office for parent pickup. If a not is not submitted in advance, the person who is picking up the student comes to the Attendance Office and must show ID. The student will then be called from class to Attendance. Be sure to arrive in time to allow 10 to 15 minutes for the student be released.
  • If the student is driving himself, he may pick up the dismissal slip between classes and be released at the time on the slip by the classroom teacher.
  • Students who become ill while at school should obtain a teacher’s pass to go the clinic. There they may obtain permission to go home if appropriate. They will then sign out through the Attendance Office.

Returning to school

When a student returns to school after an early dismissal, he must sign back in through the Attendance Office and then proceed to class.


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