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 Student Attendance Protocol Committee

As educators, we all recognize the relationship between daily school attendance, student performance, graduation, and habits in the workplace. We also know that the amount of time actually spent in class is a good measure of student access to an education. Each tardy or absence means a student has lost an opportunity to learn.

In order to address truancy and attendance, Georgia state law (HB 1190) now requires that communities and schools work together to address truancy through the recommendations of their local Student Attendance Protocol Committee, which have two goals set forth in law:

Ensure coordination and cooperation among officials, agencies, and programs involved in compulsory attendance issues, to reduce the number of unexcused absences from school Increase the percentage of students who take tests required under state law. The following supporting documents were created to assist local Student Protocol Committees as they address the underlying causes and local solutions to student truancy. 

For additional questions, concerns or input, please contact the Policy division (



State Laws and Rules






Best Practices and Research




 Contact Information

Garry McGiboney, Ph.D.
Associate Superintendent Policy, External Affairs and Charter
Phone: (404) 657-2965
Fax: (404) 651-6867