Petition Closed

This amendment would provide clarity of the law, and equal rights to all parents regardless of their school district. As the Georgia law stands, individual school districts can choose to accept a hand written note from a parent as a viable excuse for missing school, but other districts require a doctors note. However, in many districts in Georgia, parents have been harassed or even charged with neglect by the school system, due to keeping their child out of school for personal reasons. The law does not allow for excuses due to accidents that the parent feel is not worthy of a doctors attention, or mild illness. There is also the fact that many parents either do not have transportation readily available to take a child to a medical office, or simply lack the funds to pay for the care. In that aspect, it is often stated that government provided subsidies should be utilized, however, it is often the case that these organizations are often overcrowded, unable to make appointments in a timely manner, and often provide substandard care. This would not remove the requirements of providing a note or excuse, nor would this amendment seek to change the number of days that parents can keep their child out of school. It is simply to provide equality across all districts in their requirement, for all children who may have more complex problems than a single doctor, excuse, and diagnosis can address.

Letter to
The Pheonix Act
I just signed the following petition addressed to: The Georgia Legislature.

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Amend the O.C.G.A 20-2-690.1 Statute of Georgia-The School Attendance Act

This amendment would provide clarity of the law, and equal rights to all parents regardless of their school district. As the Georgia law stands, individual school districts can choose to accept a hand written note from a parent as a viable excuse for missing school, but other districts require a doctors note. However, in many districts in Georgia, parents have been harassed or even charged with neglect by the school system, due to keeping their child out of school for personal reasons. The law does not allow for excuses due to accidents that the parent feel is not worthy of a doctors attention, or mild illness. There is also the fact that many parents either do not have transportation readily available to take a child to a medical office, or simply lack the funds to pay for the care. In that aspect, it is often stated that government provided subsidies should be utilized, however, it is often the case that these organizations are often overcrowded, unable to make appointments in a timely manner, and often provide substandard care. This would not remove the requirements of providing a note or excuse, nor would this amendment seek to change the number of days that parents can keep their child out of school. It is simply to provide equality across all districts in their requirement, for all children who may have more complex problems than a single doctor, excuse, and diagnosis can address.
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Sincerely,