Bullying is when someone repeatedly and on purpose says or does mean or hurtful things to another person who has a hard time defending himself or herself. If you suspect that your child is being bullied please notify the classroom teacher immediately. The teacher will make the appropriate referrals to both counselors and administration. Bullying will not be tolerated at Mary Lin Elementary. Please read Understanding Playful vs. Hurtful Teasing and Bullying Behavior for more information.
Your child may experience grief. Please click here for a list of common emotions you may see. Also, you will find some ideas for you to use with your child. If you have additional concerns about your child, please contact their school counselor.
School is back in full-swing, and you may be tempted to leave older children at home while you run a quick errand. You may even be tempted to leave an older child in charge of younger siblings. "State policy states that children ages 13 and above can act as baby sitters for other children. Children the ages of 9-12 can occasionally be left unsupervised for brief periods of time. Children 8 years old and younger should never be left alone. Of course, a specific child's immaturity and behavior may necessitate adult supervision." Should you choose to leave an older child at home, please remember that the home is the number one site of accidents to children. Other dangers include break-ins, fires, and chemicals! Additionally, if you have not taught your older child what to do when a phone call or knock on the door occurs in your absence, now is the time! Home is a place where children need to feel protected and secure. Please check out Guidelines for Leaving Kids Home Alone for more information!
Did you know that your School Counselor is available for confidential consultations about student achievement, friendship, family changes, upcoming relocations, or any other topic for problem-solving? Contact your student's School Counselor to make an appointment.
It’s the Law!
If your child is between the ages of 6 and 16, the Georgia Compulsory Attendance Law requires that your child be enrolled and attending a public, private or home school program. The law further states that if your student has five or more unexcused absences you could be in violation of the law and is subject to various penalties allowed under the law. Unfortunately, family vacations are unexcused absences and go towards the five days. For a copy of the law please visit the state website at www.gadoe.org.
- Are you interested in knowing how you can best work with your child's School Counselor? If so, please click here for more information from the American School Counselor Association!
- Please visit the American School Counselor Association's Parent website for helpful articles pertinent to you, your child and their education.