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.
A student’s participation in an outside program of study, extra-curricular activity, and/or vacation does not exempt them from adhering to GCA’s Class Engagement Policy, the procedures and practices surrounding the Class Engagement Policy, GCA's Attendance Policy, and/or the procedures and practices surrounding the Attendance Policy. Extra-curricular programs, activities, and/or vacations must be scheduled around GCA classes and its monitored testing periods unless a student has demonstrated sufficient proficiency/mastery in a subject/course to have earned the flexibility to work from recorded class connect sessions and/or to take tests around their extra-curricular activities.
GCA’s Class Engagement Policy, Attendance Policy, and testing procedures/practices are designed to ensure that students gain the necessary skills to be successful in their current and future subjects/courses
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.
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.
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?
FAQ coming soon.
Why should I log attendance?
In addition to meeting the legal attendance requirements for Georgia Cyber Academy 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 coursework and course requirements first, these activities may be logged into 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 Georgia Cyber Academy 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.
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.
What should I do if my student is ill?
Send an email to your child's 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 teacher. If no work can be completed by the student due to illness, mark the day as non-attendance. Guidelines for Excused and Unexcused Absences [PDF]