Counselor's Corner


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Counselor's Corner

The Importance of Good Attendance Good attendance makes a difference! It improves academic performance and promotes future success. Share these reasons to go to school every day.
  Each day’s lesson builds off what was taught the day before. Missing just one class can put you behind.
 Absences can affect other students if the teacher has to reteach things that were missed.  In-class activities, such as experiments and demonstrations, usually cannot be made up.  Missing class discussions and explanations can make it harder to understand assignments.
 Class participation is often included in grading.
 Poor attendance leads to lower grades. It also raises the risk of dropping out of school and taking part in criminal behavior later on.
 Good attendance is an important habit to develop. Later in life, you can lose a job for missing too many days at work.
-Positive Promotions

Attention Parents/ Volunteers:


Effective July of 2012 the Mandated Reporter Law was updated to include volunteers working in a school. If you volunteer at any time in our building this will pertain to you. According to Boynton Elementary policy, all reports should be made to the principal or counselor. The principal or counselor will then contact the proper authorities. Please read the following...

House Bill 1176 and Changes to Georgia's Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting

House Bill 1176 (HB 1176) is the result of the efforts of the Criminal Justice Reform Commission. The bill passed through the Georgia General Assembly on March 29, 2012. One particular section of the bill is relevant to child welfare because it clarifies and expands the scope of O.C.G.A. § 19-5-7, which is Georgia's law that mandates that certain professionals report suspected child abuse. These changes took effect on July 1, 2012.

HB 1176 adds definitions for the following groups of professionals required to report:

  • Child service organization personnel means:

  • People employed by or volunteering for any type of organization or business that provides children with "care, treatment, education, training, supervision, coaching, counseling, recreational programs, or shelter"

The Barton Child Law and Policy Center

Emory University School of Law

Atlanta, GA 30322

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