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Dunwoody High School Attendance Office

Joel Posey, Assistant Principal - Attendance

Stephanie Davis, Attendance Secretary

Attendance Office email:  [email protected]
Student Attendance
“Research shows that attendance is an important factor in student achievement.”
(National Center for Education Statistics)

School Check-In

Start of day:  8:10 am   
Students must be in class by 8:10am.

If a student arrives at school and has an appointment card, doctor's note, or parent note, they must go by the attendance office to turn in their note.

Students who fail to check in at the Attendance Office, upon arrival, will not be excused. STUDENTS MUST CHECK IN, EVEN IF THEY ARRIVE DURING TRANSITION.

Students who DO NOT have an excuse and arrive at school before 8:40am can go directly to class- the teacher will mark the student tardy.

All students who arrive at school after 8:40am, must sign in with Ms. Davis in the attendance office. Tardy will be recorded in Infinite Campus upon check-in.  

Parents are welcome to come in to check out their child; however, parents do not need to walk their child in if they are tardy. A note will suffice.

Admin is closely monitoring tardiness, so please remind your son/daughter that we will be doing random hall sweeps to ensure that students are getting to class on time. Detentions will be issued.

School Check-Out

Parents can sign their student out in the Attendance Office (must show a photo ID). The student will be called from the classroom at that time.

DHS is a closed campus. If a student decides to leave campus for lunch, they will receive a consequence.

If sending a note or email, please include the reason for early check out.

Students must check out at the Attendance Office before leaving campus. Failure to check out will result in a consequence and absence will not be excused. Safety is a top priority.

Self Check-Out

Parent must send an email to the Attendance Office the morning of check-out at [email protected]. Students will not be released if request is made by phone; all requests must be made in writing. The email must match the email address on file with Dunwoody High School in Infinite Campus. Emails must be received in time for the student to pick up a pass in the Attendance Office to take to class indicating the time of check-out. WE DO NOT CALL STUDENTS WHO ARE SELF CHECKING-OUT OVER THE INTERCOM.  It is the student’s responsibility to pick up a pass to leave class. 

Parent email should include the following information:

  • Student Name, Date and Time of Check-out, Reason for Check-Out –please indicate if your student is walking or driving off campus.
  • Students are required to sign out in the Attendance Office before leaving campus.  If a student fails to sign out, the absence will not be excused, and student may face consequences.


If a student must miss class due to an appointment, the parent must provide the attendance office a doctor’s note or the provider appointment confirmation/card.

Full-Day Absences

Absences must be submitted to the Attendance Office – absences will not be excused by phone.  The parent can send an email to [email protected], or the student can bring a note when returning to school.  Please make sure to include the reason your student was absent.  Please include a doctor’s note if your child was absent due to appointment. Students who are absent more than three consecutive days will be asked to provide a doctor's note. Also, please provide a note within five days of an absence, so we can maintain accurate attendance.

Per DCSD's Student code of Conduct, excused absences are defined by District Policy JB which also requires submission of appropriate documentation.  

Georgia law is as follows: personal illness; serious illness or death in the family; religious holiday; instances in which attendance could be hazardous as determined by the DeKalb County School District; registering to vote/voting in a public election; tests and physical exams for military service and the National Guard; and other such absences as provided for by law or by the local Board of Education.  

Georgia law also provides for special treatment of absences in the following circumstances:

  • Georgia law provides up to 5 days of excused absences for students whose parents are in the armed forces and who are called to duty or home on leave from overseas deployment in a combat zone.  
  • Students serving as Pages of the Georgia General Assembly will be counted as present for days missed from school for such service.  
  • Students volunteering to work as poll officers in the Student Teen Election Program (STEP) will be counted present for up to two (2) days of service in that program.
  • Foster care students attending court proceedings related to their foster care shall be credited as present for any day(s) or portion of a day missed from school for that purpose.
Certificate of Attendance

A Certificate of Attendance is required for both the learner's permit and driver's license. The student must complete the form and submit it to the Attendance Office.  There is a 24-hour turn-around time. The ADAP certificate is only required for the driver's license. We are able to print the certificate only if the student took Health in 9th grade at Dunwoody.

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Attendance Office Links

Parents, please contact the Attendance Office regarding absences, check-ins, or check-outs.

Is your student too sick to come to school? Please click the link for information from Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

¿Está muy enfermo su hijo para asistir a la escuela? Por favor, haga clic en el enlace para obtener información de Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

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