Absence Reporting/Notes from Home

Please report absences by emailing gmsabsence@hcpss.org


When a student is absent, make up work can be requested from each individual teacher but is not required. Upon return, students are given the same number of days as they were absent to complete missed work.

For our attendance reporting purposes, either an email to gmsabsence@hcpss.org or a signed parent/guardian note with student's name, grade, date(s) of absence and reason will still be required upon the student's return to school.

Please Note: Absences are unexcused until an email or note is received.

Late Arrivals

Parents are reminded that school begins at 8:30 am, and students are expected to be in homeroom at that time. Students arriving at 8:30 am or later must sign in through the LobbyGuard system in the front office. Parents do not need to accompany their student, but a note is required.

Early Dismissals

  • Please bring your driver's license.
  • Please allow at least 10 minutes for your child to get to the office, especially if they are in PE. You may call and request your child to come to the office if you are within a couple of miles from our school. 
  • After 2:30 please park in designated areas so our buses can line up for dismissal.
  • A school day is considered a full day if a student is present at least 4 hours.
  • It is considered a half day if a student is present 2-4 hours.
  • A student will be marked absent if they are in school less than 2 hours.

Notes from Home

Students are required to have a note signed by administration to ride a different bus, or to get off at a different stop. Students do not need a note to walk to the community center or library after school, as long as they have your approval.

When a student is going to be a car rider they should meet their ride in the parking area between the old Bushy Park building and Glenwood. Students do not need a note. 

Extended Absences from school for personal reasons and religious observances

Completed forms are to be returned to the front office.