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 attendance office.
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 verification.
Readmission Procedures Following Absences
- 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.
- 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 actions.
- 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 the absence.
- The Attendance Office will retain all notes and slips related to absences for their records.
- 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 log sheet.
Parents are requested to contact campus administration if a student is expected to be absent for an extended period of time.