State Absence Policy
THE COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE LAW FOR CREDIT (Texas Education Code
21.032) STATES THAT A STUDENT MAY NOT BE GIVEN CREDIT FOR A COURSE UNLESS
THE STUDENT IS IN ATTENDANCE FOR AT LEAST 90% OF THE DAYS THE
CLASS IS OFFERED, EXCEPTIONS PROVIDED IN SCHOOL DISTRICT POLICY.
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.
Arrival at School
Once the students arrive on campus they are not to leave without checking with the
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 student name, ID number, date of absence,
parent signature, and a day phone number where the parent may be contacted for
Readmission Procedures Following Absences
1. On the day following an all day absence the student will report to the attendance
ofifce before 8:30 am., during lunch or after school and present a note signed by
the parent/guardian stating the reason for and the date of the absence. The note
will be kept in a file under the student's name and a student can request a receipt
for his or her record. The attendance office will be charged with the duty of updating
the student's attendance and each teacher's grade book to show the absence as
excused or unexcused.
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/fiat 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. If a student fails to bring a note within 3 days of their absence, his/her absence
will remain unexcused (UA). Students who are truant are subject to disciplinary
3. A student attending only part of the school day due to a medical appointment
or family emergency, etc., needs to have a parent/guardian come into the attendance
office with a picture ID to sign the student in or out. If the student arrived after the
school day starts the parental/ medical etc. note will be replaced with an admission
slip. If a student must leave before the end of the day, the parental note will be replaced
with a dismissal slip. Upon their return to school, they must bring a parental/
medical etc. note or the absence will remain unexcused (UA). It is advised that
students inform their teachers about any planned absences prior to
4. The Attendance Office will retain all notes and slips related to
absences for their records.
5. Student missing more than fifteen minutes of any class are considered absent for
the period and will need a pass to class from the Attendance Office.
Absences and Grades
Students are encouraged to make up work from all absences, regardless of reason.
Tests or work not made up will result in a grade of zero for that assignment or test. Unexcused
absences and truancies may be made up, although the grade may be reduced (as
would be the case for late work). Truancies may void any opportunity for a waiver from the
state attendance policy. If the absence is long term, parents are encouraged to request
assignments through the Attendance Office. Please see other sections of the handbook for
district guidelines on make-up work.
Leaving School During the Day
Students who become ill during the school day must be excused by the Attendance
Office, by way of the nurse/health clinic. A student who has a documented appointment
with a health care professional during regular school hours will be considered present all
day for every class if the student returns to school on the same day of the appointment. The
parent/ guardian must sign the student in and out at the attendance office on the medical
Parents are requested to contact campus administration if a student is expected to be
absent for an extended period of time.