Students may have live class requirements, conferences, assignments, and/or assessments between 8am and 4pm, Monday through Friday excluding school holidays. A student’s grade level, courses, specific programs, provided services, and their proficiency level determine the amount of online time that may be required and the structure of that time.

Per SBOE Rule 160‐5‐1‐.02, Georgia Cyber Academy students must participate in school learning activities for a minimum of 180 days per school year.

Per SBOE Rule 160‐5‐1‐.02, the minimum number of hours required per school day are as follows:

  • Kindergarten: 4.5 hours per day
  • Grades 1, 2, and 3: 4.5 hours per day
  • Grades 4 and 5: 5.0 hours per day
  • Grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12: 5.5 hours per day

For Kindergarten through 12th grade, time does include Math, Social Studies/History, Social Sciences, English/ Language Arts, Science, Foreign Language, Art, PE/ Health, Computer Science, and other elective courses, as well as, support activities such as tutoring, state testing, and Academic Support Services (per IEP). Time may also include Educational Field Trips, Testing, Counseling, Health Screenings, and extended learning time activities; however, additional attendance guidelines for these activities may be outlined in the GCA District Handbook.

School sponsored non-instructional activities may also count toward attendance hours.

Attendance hours must be logged in the Nucleus attendance program by the Learning Coach daily in accordance with GCA procedures and guidelines. Failure to follow attendance logging procedures may result in withdrawal from GCA. Students who are required to attend ‘live’ class sessions will be counted absent if not in attendance, regardless of parent entered attendance.


Contact your Attendance Specialist or email