Attendance, Excused and Unexcused Absences
The school day will begin at 8:00 a.m. and will end at 3:00 p.m., unless announced otherwise. The Friday program is from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
All students enrolled at Captain Gilmer Christian School are expected to be punctual and regular in attendance as required by law. CGCS is required to keep records of attendance. Excused absences for medical appointments, illness or injury, quarantine, school suspension, death in the immediate family, court or administrative proceedings, religious observances, educational opportunities (approval and portfolio assignments must be secured in advance from the principal), or functions organized by local Pathfinder clubs are legitimate excuses for absences. All other absences or tardies will be considered unlawful and unexcused. A written explanation from the parent, guardian, and/or physician must be given to the teacher within 24 hours after the child has had a tardy or absence. An absence for which no notification from the parent is received shall be considered as being an unlawful absence.
A student receiving an unexcused absence may not be allowed to make up the school work missed unless proper arrangements have been made. The school strongly discourages taking students out of school for any period of time. Parents of students who are taken out of school need to inform the school office in writing at least two (2) days in advance. Your child’s teacher will then work with you in deciding how the school work missed will be made up. These absences will be considered unexcused unless they meet the reasons as stated above. A student who is absent more than ten (10) school days in one nine-week quarter, for whatever cause, may forfeit that period grade, unless it is evident to the teacher that his/her work has been satisfactorily made up.
Students having seven (7) unexcused absences during a nine-week period will be asked to pay a re-registration fee of $25.00. A $25.00 fee will be charged to those having seven (7) unexcused tardies during a nine-week period. The fee will be paid at the school office prior to entering the classroom. A $25.00 fee will be charged for each additional seven (7) tardies accumulated during a nine-week period. If a child has 21 or more unexcused tardies during a nine-week period, the parent(s) will be required to meet with administration before the student may return to class.

Parents may drop their child off in the mornings between 7:45 and 8:00 a.m. After 8:00 a.m. parents are expected to come into the school office to sign in their children before students may enter the classroom. The school will not be opened after school hours to accommodate those who have forgotten to take home personal belongings. Students arriving at school more than 30 minutes before or remaining on campus after posted school hours will be subject to a $10.00 charge for every half (1/2) hour or partial half hour that the student is left at school. Parents arriving after dismissal hours will be expected to sign their children out with school personnel.