• Mrs. Wendy Jackson | Attendance Secretary

      Phone: (770)-474-8747 Ext. 03104

      Fax: (770)-474-4727

      SHS Attendance Information

      Attendance Procedures:

      Students absent from school must bring a note from their parents, legal guardian, or doctor on the first day back to school and present it to the attendance office. Absences that comply with the Board of Education's policies will be excused. Excuses will NOT be accepted after 3 days; those absences will be considered UNEXCUSED. Students are allowed (5) parent “handwritten" absentee notes per semester. All subsequent absences will be unexcused (unless it is a doctor’s note or some other lawful reason). The written note should include students' first and last names, date(s) of absence, the reason for absence, parent signature, and phone number. If a student is absent 3 consecutive days, then a doctor’s note must be provided to excuse the absence. Students who violate the school attendance policy may be referred to the school social worker, and/or placed on an attendance contract, and/or have their parking pass pulled.


      Students who arrive at school after 8:15 am must report to the attendance office to sign in and receive an admission slip. If the student’s tardy is not excused, they must get a tardy slip from the tardy station in the front office. If the student has an ELHS parking permit, the permit will be revoked for a week after five (5) unexcused tardies or three (3) unexcused absences per semester. Students that accumulate six (6) or more tardies or four (4) unexcused absences will have their parking permit revoked for the remainder of that semester. Students should arrive at school on time and should remain at school for the complete school day. Students who leave campus without checking out or absent from school without parental permission will be considered truant. Students who skip a portion of the class, a full class, or several classes are considered truant and will receive a disciplinary referral. *Acceptable excuses for tardies to school or early checkouts are the same as excused reasons for full-day absences. For example, car trouble is NOT excusable since HCBOE provides transportation to school, missing the bus, waking up late, oversleeping, vacations, babysitting siblings, taking your pet to the vet, flat tire, and running errands are all UNEXCUSED.

      • Students are NOT allowed to check themselves out even if they are 18 years old, UNLESS they are emancipated through the court system, and we have a copy of the paperwork in the counseling office or they are "self-enrolled."
      • The attendance office cannot accept phone calls for checkouts. Students must bring a note from their parents to the attendance office first thing in the morning when they are to check out, with their name, time to check out, the reason for check out, parents' name and phone number, or a faxed note with a copy of the parent's driver’s license, or legal guardian must come into the attendance office with their ID to check the student out.
      • Identification is required and verified before a student is called to the office. ONLY persons listed on the emergency card will be able to check out students. Please ensure all contact names are listed on the card, and the information is updated as needed.
      • If a student checks out and returns to school after checking out, the student must provide documentation for the checkout to be changed to excused (for example, a doctor/ dental note, court, or probation).
      • Students are required to come to the attendance office for any calls regarding checkouts (cell phone use during class is prohibited!) Students who choose to use cell phones to call parents will be subject to disciplinary action.
      • "NO CHECKOUTS AFTER 2:50 p.m."