Trish Johnson
Attendance
512 428-2305

Absences

  • When a student is absent, s/he must bring a note from a medical provider and/or a parent/guardian stating the reason s/he was absent. If a student is absent due to illness for five or more consecutive days, a doctor’s note is mandatory. A student should present the note to the attendance office on the first day of his/her return following the absence and no later than 48 hours from return of absence.  Notes that are turned in later than 48 hours of the absence end will be noted to avoid truancy, but the coding will not be changed in attendance and remain as unexcused.

  • A student absent from school without approval of school officials/parents will be considered truant and subject to disciplinary action. Prompt and strict action will be taken against truant students. Appropriate action may include contact with the home by the District Liaison Officer. 

  • Truancy may also result in assessment of penalties by a court of law against both the student and his/her parents. 
Voice Messages To The Attendance Office

        Please be aware that there is a 24 hour turn around on all messages received to attendance.   However, we always try and return all calls in a quick and timely manner whenever possible.    

What Is An Acceptable Absence Note?
        
            Absence notes need to be the Original Doctor Note(s) for all medical appointments and from guardian/parent for any absences other than medical appointments.  Emailed student absence notes are only accepted if                    prior approval has been made with the attendance office.
        
What is An Excused Absence?
         
           Absences may be excused for three reasons: student personal illness,  death in the immediate family and school related absence.   

 Reporting A Student Absent
        
        YOU DO NOT need to call in a student’s absence in the mornings to the attendance office. However, it is appreciated if you email the student's team of teachers (add elective teachers as well) to kindly let them know of the absence and you can also request homework at that time.  You are required to submit a parent and/or doctor note to the Attendance Office in the Jag Lobby within 48 hours of the student’s return to school.
           
Travel

        Personal student travel IS NEVER an excused absence!  If you are planning personal travel, you are asked to email the student's Grade Level Principal, Campus Registrar, Campus Attendance Specialist and Student's Team of teachers along with elective teachers with dates and details.  An absence note will need to be turned in to the attendance office when the student returns to school.

Health Care Professional Appointments

  • Although every effort should be made to schedule appointments at times other than school hours, if a student returns to school the same day or attends part of the day prior due to a doctor’s appointment and then presents a doctor’s note verifying the appointment, the absence is excused and the student is counted present (coded as D for doctor). 

  • Campus staff may verify health care professional appointments. Students found guilty of forgery or other falsification of parent notes, health care professional notes, or other documents will be disciplined and the absence classified as unexcused.

Students Leaving/Arriving Campus

  • Once students arrive on campus, they are expected to remain on campus until the end of the school day. If a student needs to leave for any reason during the day s/he must have the permission of an administrator and/or parent/guardian and MUST BE SIGNED OUT BY AN APPROVED PARENT/GUARDIAN IN THE JAG LOBBY.  

  • For security measures, all parent/guardians will be required to show a driver's license  (with photo) and/or valid photo id.  No students are released without this documentation.  Without this required documentation, a campus administrator will determine the release of student.

  • STUDENTS LEAVING SCHOOL EARLY SHOULD BE PICKED UP IN THE MAIN JAG LOBBY. STUDENTS WILL NOT BE CALLED OUT OF CLASS PRIOR TO THE ARRIVAL OF A PARENT/GUARDIAN PICK-UP OR PERMITTED TO WAIT OUTSIDE FOR THEIR RIDE.  STUDENTS ARE NOT PULLED FROM CLASS TO EXIT CAMPUS FROM 3:15 pm - 3:30 pm.  
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Minimum Attendance Requirements

  • State law permits promotion and/or high school credit courses to be granted in a class only to those students who meet the legislative attendance requirements by being in attendance in that class a minimum of 90% of the total number of instructional school year days. (Texas Code 25.092).  

  • This legislative requirement of minimum attendance should not be construed as allowing a certain number of days of absence. STUDENTS SHOULD BE IN SCHOOL EVERY DAY POSSIBLE.   Campus attendance committees meet to hear appeals with regard to Middle School Student-Parent Handbook 2017-2018 excessive absences. Campus attendance committees may require alternative ways for students to make up work missed or to regain credit. For further information, please contact your grade level principal at your middle school campus.

  • RRISD students should be aware that the City of Austin enforces a daytime teen curfew for all school-age children during school hours. The City of Round Rock also has a daytime youth curfew for children under 17 to be in effect from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on weekdays.

Tardy Policy

  • Students are responsible for getting to school and to class on time. School starts at 8:20 am and ends at 3:35 pm.

  • Campus Tardy Policy (2017-2018)
  • Students arriving between 8:20 am - 8:30 am should report immediately to class and will be counted as tardy by the teacher. Students arriving after 8:30 am are no longer tardy but considered as absent thus requiring an absence note and must sign in at the Jag Lobby and will be given a pink pass to enter class.  Absence notes will be required to the attendance office for any and all absences within 48 hours from returning.
           Student tardy letters are generated weekly for grade level principals.  
            
            1st Tardy Letter generated for students with 5+ tardies (A warning letter is sent home to parent)
            
            2nd Tardy Referral generated for 10+ tardies (Grade Level Principal/student meet to discuss consequence) 
            
            3rd Tardy Referral generated for 15+ tardies (Grade Level Principal/student meet to discuss consequence)
        
            4th Tardy Referral generated for 20+ tardies (Grade Level Principal/student meet to discuss consequence)

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