Attendance is the amount of time each student spends completing coursework in the online school and receiving live instruction.
The state of Georgia requires all public schools to offer a minimum of 180 days of instruction each year and a minimum number of instructional hours by grade level.
Good attendance helps students do well in school. Excused and unexcused absences quickly add up to too much time lost in the classroom. Together, school staff and families can resolve the chronic absence issue and help our students close the achievement gap through the development of plans, communication, and other actions that lead to success.
The K12 attendance app lets Learning Coaches enter student attendance in the K12 Online School on their mobile device.
Why does attendance matter?
- A missed school day is a lost opportunity for students to learn.
- Poor attendance has serious implications for later outcomes as well.
- High school dropouts have been found to exhibit a history of negative behaviors, including high levels of absenteeism throughout their childhood.*
- Children need to be in school because their grades impact their future success.
- School attendance is a baseline factor in determining student success.
What are the GCA Attendance Policies?
GCA Attendance Policies can be found on our Attendance Policies page.
Where are the attendance laws?
When can I log attendance?
You are able to log attendance during the school year from your first day of school until the last day of school.
Where do I need to log my child's attendance and how often?
Student attendance hours are logged in to the attendance screen on the Learning Coach Online School landing page and must be entered daily.
Why should I log attendance?
In addition to meeting the legal attendance requirements for Georgia Cyber Academy (GCA) and the Georgia Cyber Academy School Code, logging attendance provides you and your child with a log of the work accomplished.
What are supplemental hours?
Parents seek to provide the best possible education for their child and often enrich the child’s curriculum with extra activities and family trips. Provided you complete your K12 coursework and course requirements (e.g., USATest prep, etc.) first, these activities may be logged in to the student's daily schedule and counted toward his or her mandatory hours of instruction if the activity directly relates to lesson objectives. However, it is important that parents/responsible adults initially discuss their supplemental activities with their students' assigned GCA teachers and then notify the teachers of the hours that are logged to ensure that the supplemental activities are recorded in the appropriate area(s) of the curriculum. No more than 12 hours a week of supplemental activities may be logged as attendance. Supplemental activities include outings based on Georgia Performance Standards and other learning experiences that address the Georgia Standards of Excellence.
What should I do if I forgot to log my child's supplemental hours?
You can go back and add hours after initially entering attendance. If you have already entered hours for the specified day and clicked the Submit button, your teacher must add the hours for you. Ask your homeroom teacher to assist you in entering supplemental hours.
Is there a maximum number of hours a day a student can log?
There is no maximum number of hours per day a student may log; however, the student's teacher must document hours in excess of 12 hours per day. Notify your teacher of each circumstance requiring more than 12 hours of instructional time.
Do I log attendance for the actual time the lesson took or just the default time that comes up in the Online School?
The default time is given as a guide for time to spend in each subject per day. If you consistently observe your student completing lessons before he or she accumulates the required amount of time, you may benefit from setting a time limit to each subject, rather than just expecting one lesson per day.
What should I do if my student is ill?
Call or send an email to your child's Family Success Liaison (FSL) and teacher to communicate that your student is ill. Any Online School progress that your student can comfortably achieve, such as reading from the literature selection, is encouraged. Attendance needs to be marked accordingly. Doctor's excuses need to be scanned and emailed or mailed to the Family Success Liaison (FSL) and teacher. If no work can be completed by the student due to illness, mark the day as non-attendance.
Do I log attendance for class connect sessions?
Yes. Please log attendance for all attended live or recorded class connect sessions. Teachers monitor student attendance for class engagement; however, the Learning Coach is still responsible for logging attendance for class connect sessions.
Does my student have to attend live class connect sessions?
Depending on their instructional level, students may be required to attend daily live class connect sessions online with their teacher. Students who frequently miss required live class connect sesions with unexcused absences will be reviewed by the Academic Review Board with the possibility of withdrawal. Please review Georgia Cyber Academy's Class Engagement Policy [PDF] for more details. If you have questions regarding this policy, please contact your Family Success Liaison (FSL) or your student's teacher.