AttendanceGuidelines for Morgan County Schools



StateBoard of Education Rule JB: 160-5-1-.10 defines a Truant as any child six(6) to sixteen (16) years old, who during the school calendar year has more than five days of unexcused absences. Students under six (6) years old are included in this rule once they are enrolled in school for 20 days.


State Compulsory Attendance Law:  O.C.G.A § 20-2-690.1 (abbreviated)
(a) Every parent, guardian, or other person residing within this state having control or charge of any child or children between their sixth and sixteenth birthdays shall enroll and send such child or children to a public school, a private school, or a home study program that meets the requirements for a public school, a private school, or a home study program;


(b) Any parent, guardian, orother person residing in this state who has control or charge of a child or children and who shall violate this Code section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be subject to a fine not less than $25.00 and not greater than $100.00, imprisonment not to exceed 30 days,community service, or any combination of such penalties, at the discretion of the court having jurisdiction. Each day’s absence from school in violation of this part after the child’s school system notifies the parent, guardian, or other person who has control or charge of a child of five unexcused days of absence for a child shall constitute a separate offense.


Morgan County Truancy Procedures

Students must turn in written excuses to the school within five (5) days of their last absence.  After five (5) days, the absences will remain unexcused.


Parents will receive a letter notifying them of five (5) unexcused absences and a reminder of the consequences of further unexcused absences. 


At six (6) unexcused absences, the family will be referred to the school social worker who will work with the family to prevent further unexcused absences.


At ten (10) unexcused absences, the family must attend a meeting of the Interagency Council for violating the truancy laws. The Interagency Council is made up of various local agencies that meet to determine service needs for those referred to them.  The Interagency Council will make recommendations that may include referral to Juvenile or Magistrate Court and/or referral to other community agencies for services or for medical evaluation.  Each unexcused absence after five (5) is considered a separate offense.
At ten (10) combined excused and unexcused absences, the parents must attend a conference with teachers, administrators and the school social worker.


Excused Absences: Board Policy JBD (summarized)*

Excuses will be accepted for student illness, illness, or death of an immediate family member (parents,siblings, grandparents, relative living in household) or to visit with parent who has been called to duty for or is on leave from military deployment(O.C.G.A.§20-2-692.1);  mandated by order of another governmental agency (for example, military exams, subpoenaed court appearance); religious holidays; when attendance is impossible or hazardous to student health and safety and one day to register to vote.  Medical documentation from a physician may be required for student or family illness.


Excessive Tardiness: 

Principals and the SchoolSocial Worker may refer students and their families to the Interagency Council when unexcused tardies and unexcused early checkouts become excessive.


Driver’s license: Teenage and Adult DriverResponsibility Act (TADRA)

Summarized regarding attendance and enrollment:

For students ages 14 to 18,attendance affects their eligibility to obtain and keep their driver’slicense.  Students will not be able to get a learner’s permit if they have more than ten (10) unexcused absences for the current semester and the previous two semesters.  If students already have their license and accumulate ten (10) or more unexcused absences in the current semester and two previous semesters, their license will be suspended.  Students must obtain a certificate that certifies that the student is enrolled in and not under suspension from a public school and has satisfied relevant attendance and disciplinary requirements as set forth in state law.  There are several other requirements, such as they can’t be enrolled in alternative school or under suspension for possession of a weapon, drugs, alcohol, etc. (ref. for a complete list of requirements). Attendance and discipline data are regularly submitted to the state department that monitors teenage drivers.


*The state and local policies refer to unexcused absences, the high school procedures regarding recovering seat time refer to excused and unexcused absences.