State Absence Policy
THE COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE LAW (Texas Education Code 25.092) STATES THAT A STUDENT MAY NOT BE GIVEN CREDIT FOR A CLASS UNLESS THE STUDENT IS IN ATTENDANCE FOR AT LEAST 90% OF THE DAYS THE CLASS IS OFFERED, EXCEPTIONS PROVIDED IN SCHOOL DISTRICT POLICY. (Please refer to Section “D” of the Student/Parent Handbook for a complete explanation of the law.)
Due To Missing a Bus
A student who misses the bus must make every effort to get to school because all classes missed are counted against his required attendance.
Verification of Absences
When a student is unable to attend school, the parent is requested to send a note upon return to school. The note should include the reason for the absence, the date, and a parent contact number.
Readmission Procedures Following Absences
1. On the day following an all day absence the student will report to the Attendance Office and present a note signed by the parent or guardian stating the reason for the absence and the date of the absence.
Examples of excused absences are: personal illness, family funerals, medical appointments, court appointments with a subpoena, church/religious trips with documentation, and family emergencies with explanation.
Examples of unexcused absences are: truancies, car trouble/flat tire, missing the bus/ride, oversleeping, renewing a driver’s license, caring for a sibling, heavy traffic, court appointments for traffic violations, family vacations, and notes without all pertinent information.
2. Students must present a note within the 3 days of the absence or the absence will remain as unexcused. A student who has a verified truancy will be referred to the Assistant Principals’ office for disciplinary action. Parents and students should be aware that unexcused absences are in violation of the Compulsory Attendance Law (Texas Education Code 25.092) and may result in legal action.
3. A student attending only part of the school day must sign in or out of school through the attendance office. A parental note is required to sign in or sign out. If a student arrives after the school day starts the parental note will be replaced with a pass to class. If a student must leave before the end of the school day the A-5 parental note will be replaced with a dismissal slip. It is advised that students inform their teachers about any planned absences prior to the absence.
4. Attendance office will retain all notes and slips related to absences.
5. Students who arrive after 8:50 a.m. due to tardiness must report to a tardy station.
6. Student missing more than fifteen minutes of any class is considered absent for the period and will need a pass to class from the Attendance Office.
7. If there is a question concerning the validity of any note the student will be referred to the assistant principals’ office for verification.