Education

More News | |

Augusta schools extends absentee note policy

  • Follow Education

Richmond County school officials will continue suspending the requirement of a doctor's note for excused absences.

Since Sept. 8 students have been allowed to use a signed note from a parent or guardian for any absences beyond five because of concerns over the novel influenza A H1N1 virus.

School officials had agreed to suspend the requirement through Oct. 30 but will stretch it until after the Thanksgiving break, said Dr. Carole Rountree, the director of Richmond County student services.

"The extension was a result of conversations with the health department and the fact that we are still having an increased number of students with flulike symptoms," Dr. Rountree said Monday in an e-mail. "Although it is not extreme, it shows that there is evidence of the presence of either seasonal or H1N1 flu."

Other factors that contributed to the extension: an insufficient supply of the seasonal flu vaccine; the unavailability of H1N1 vaccine until this week; tests verifying the H1N1 vaccine are expensive and not always administered by doctors; and parents are being told to have their child see a doctor only if the child has a high fever that doesn't respond to over-the-counter medicine.

According to school policy, notes are required when a student is out of school after five absences. The parental note must include the parent's signature, the child's name, when the child was absent and why, to include the child's specific symptoms.

Reach Preston Sparks at (706) 828-3851 or preston.sparks@augustachronicle.com.

Comments (5) Add comment
ADVISORY: Users are solely responsible for opinions they post here and for following agreed-upon rules of civility. Posts and comments do not reflect the views of this site. Posts and comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language, but readers might find some comments offensive or inaccurate. If you believe a comment violates our rules, click the "Flag as offensive" link below the comment.
cleanup
0
Points
cleanup 11/03/09 - 07:45 am
0
0
What a joke. The absentee

What a joke. The absentee policy is largely ignored and/or botched administratively by most RC schools. I know of students who have missed over 30 days of school, without excuses, and nothing happened to them.

Bored in GA
2
Points
Bored in GA 11/03/09 - 07:52 am
0
0
Clean-up I don't know what

Clean-up I don't know what school you know of but I know the 2 that my grands go to, HIGHLY take note of ALL absence and tardy..My grand has detention this week just because of tardies! Report that school and MAKE them do their job!

ONLY THE TRUTH
2
Points
ONLY THE TRUTH 11/03/09 - 11:34 am
0
0
Why can't you get those kids

Why can't you get those kids to school on time??? Maybe you should be reported and MADE to do the job.

luckie
2
Points
luckie 11/03/09 - 09:48 pm
0
0
A rave to freedom of speech

A rave to freedom of speech and a rant to the judicial system. They should do away with part time judges all together. They are allowed to do private attorney practices as a part time judge. What is the outcome when they represent a client in front of their counterpart judge? Go figure. The system is corrupt and when juvenile court is involved the best interest of children is neglected. They don't even know or care about the whole picture.

luckie
2
Points
luckie 11/03/09 - 09:50 pm
0
0
Sorry the above comment was

Sorry the above comment was posted to the above article.It was meant to be a rant and rave. Oops!

Back to Top

Top headlines

Commission rejects tax jump

Seven commissioners nixed a proposed tax increase Monday that would cost a typical homeowner $70 a year, leaving the countywide millage unset with just a few days to meet state deadlines.
Search Augusta jobs