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Attendance

Bulloch County Schools Attendance Policy

What does the handbook say?

Mandatory attendance in a public school, private school, or homeschool program shall be required for children between their 6th and 16th birthdays.

What to do when your student is absent.

All excuses for absences must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be provided in writing
  • Must be signed by the student’s parent or guardian
  • Must specifically state the dates and reasons for the absence
  • Must be submitted within 5 school days of the student’s return to school

What is considered an absence?

If a student is absent for half of the scheduled classes in a school day, that student is considered absent for the entire school day. If a student misses 15 minutes or more of a class that student is absent from that class.

What are the different types of absences?

Excused Absences include notes from Doctors, the Nurse, and from the Parent or Guardian as well as Approved absences, Court Required, and Religious reasons.

Exempt Absences include School Related activities, Late Bus, Court Related-Foster Care, Guidance/Testing, In School Suspension, and Hospital Home Bound.

Unexcused includes all absences that are not excused or exempt or if a note is not provided within 5 days of the absence.

How to use the Check Mate system

Check In:

  • Using the touch screen, press the “Student Late Check In” icon
  • Input student ID number and press enter on the keyboard
  • Select a reason under the “Excuse Reason” tab
    • Doctor Note Provided
    • Illness/No Doctor Note Provided
    • Late Check In
  • Select check in person under the “Check in Name” tab
    • This includes names that are under the student’s account
    • The student is welcome to sign themselves in and select “Self”
    • If someone is “Other” please type in the name
  • Select “Submit and Print Tardy Pass”
  • Select “Print Pass”
  • The student should give the pass to their teacher when they reach class

Check Out:

  • Using the touch screen, press the “Student Early Check Out” icon
  • Input student ID number and press enter on the keyboard
  • Select a reason under the “Excuse Reason” tab, only one option is available
  • Select check out person under the “Check Out Person” tab
  • Please input a comment
    • Nurse, Early Dismissal, Doctor’s Appointment, Family Emergency, etc.
  • Select “Submit and Print Check-Out Slip”

Attendance Challenge

September is Attendance Awareness Month and William James Middle School will be participating in an Attendance Challenge. This challenge is between the grade levels (6th, 7th, and 8th). The goal is to have 100% attendance for the month of September. Perfect Attendance means that the student shall not be Tardy to school, have an Early Dismissal, or be Absent for the day. The grades will compete to see who can get the closest to 100%. The students will be updated weekly on their progress and the winner of the Attendance Challenge will be reward accordingly.

So, mark your calendars, September 4th-28th the Attendance Challenge will take place!

Final Countdown Challenge

To encourage students to focus on school success a Final Countdown Challenge will presented at the end of the school year. This Final Countdown Challenge will be a Ten-day Attendance Challenge. This challenge is between the grade levels (6th, 7th, and 8th). The goal is to have 100% attendance for ten days. This Challenge will end two weeks from the last of school. Perfect Attendance means that the student shall not be Tardy to school, have an Early Dismissal, or be Absent for the day. The grades will compete to see who can get the closest to 100%. The students will be updated weekly on their progress and the winner of the Attendance Challenge will be reward accordingly.

So, mark your calendars, April 29th-May 10th the Final Countdown Challenge will take place!

Students with Perfect Attendance

8/24 Four Weeks

     First Four Weeks Perfect Attendance

9/28 Nine Weeks

Attendance Challenge Winner

11/9 Fourteen Weeks

12/14 Eighteen Weeks

1/25 Four Weeks

3/8 Nine Weeks

4/19 Fourteen Weeks

Final Countdown Challenge Winner

5/17 Eighteen Weeks