Prompt and regular attendance has a direct effect on student achievement. Please be aware that there are many complications for students who arrive late to their classroom. These students lose the opportunity to get organized prior to instruction which makes for a stressful start to the day. Furthermore, students who are tardy miss valuable initial instruction. A late entry also interrupts the instructional focus of other students. Please make every effort to be punctual to all classes on a daily basis.

Excuses

Students who are absent all day or part of the day must report to the front office upon returning to school the day following the absence to submit their excuse. Please remember that students who leave school before 12:00 P.M. or arrive after 12:00 P.M. will be considered absent for that school day. Parents and/or students must bring a signed note from a parent, guardian, doctor, or governmental agency in order for the absence to be excused.

On the school day following the absence, a parent/legal guardian must send a note including the following information:

  1. The student’s name;
  2. The date(s) of the absence(s);
  3. The specific reason for the absence; and
  4. Parent, guardian, doctor, or governmental agency signature.

This note should be presented to the front office prior to the beginning of the school day.

Following an absence or absences:

Pre-Approved Absences

Consideration for pre-arranged absences should be submitted five (5) school days prior to the expected absence(s). All requests should be submitted in writing on a “Pre-Approved Absence Form” that can be obtained from the front office or the JMS website. Current and past attendance history, including the student’s number of tardies and early checkouts, the duration of the absence, and other factors, will be considered in the decision making process. While pre-approved absences may not meet the criteria set by Georgia law for excused absences, JMS will strive to accommodate students who request pre-approved absences to minimize the impact of the absence on academic performance. Please note: Any tests or exams taken during the pre-approved absences must be administered upon the student’s return to school.