Attendance

Absences/Attendance

Regular school attendance is essential for a student to make the most of his or her education – to benefit from teacher –led school activities, to build each day’s learning on the previous day’s, and to grow as an individual. Absences from class may result in serious disruption of a student’s mastery of instructional materials; therefore, the student and parent should make every effort to avoid unnecessary absences.

If a student has excessive (excused or unexcused) they must make up credit at home for missed days. To make up one day of credit, four hours of work must be completed at home and logged. You will be contacted if your child requires make up hours. Only pre-approved activities will be accepted for make-up hours.

Tardies

A student is tardy after 7:45. A student is marked tardy until 8:45, at which time they will become absent.

Excused Absences

Excused absences include, but are not limited to personal illness, funeral/memorial, quarantine, weather or road conditions that make travel dangerous. Students are required to attend at least 90% of the days a class is offered.

Unexcused Absences

An unexcused absence is any that does not meet the definition of an excused absence. Absences are not excused for personal business or vacations.

Attendance/Student Absence Notes

All notes from parents should include the following:

1. Full legal name of student

2. Student’s ID number

3. Student’s grade

4. Date(s) of absence

5. Reason for absence

6. Parent’s signature

7. Parent’s phone number

8. Current date

This information can be added to a notice from a medical provider if the student was seen during the absence. All absences must be verified in writing by a parent within two days of the student's return to school. It is best to submit a hand-written note to the office.

Texas Education Code - Warning Notice

If a student is absent without an excuse for 10 or more days or parts of days in a six-month period or three or more days or parts of days in a four-week period.

-The student's parent is subject to prosecution under section 25.093

-The student is subject to prosecution under section 25.094

All students must meet 90% daily attendance in each and every class to be eligible for promotion to the next grade. Any child in violation of the 90% attendance requirement will be offered the chance to make up missed school hours through activities as deemed appropriate by the campus administrators.

Texas Education Code- Compulsory School Attendance

The law in the State of Texas requires a child to attend school.

-A child who is required to attend school under this section shall attend school each day for the entire period the program of instruction is provided

-Unless specifically exempted by Section 25.086, a child who is at least six years of age, or who is younger than six years of age and has previously been enrolled in first grade, and who has not reached the 18th birthday shall attend school

-On enrollment in prekindergarten or kindergarten, a child shall attend school.

-Unless specifically exempted by section 25.086, a student enrolled in a school district for students identified as likely not to be promoted to the next grade level or tutorial classes required by the district

-A person who voluntarily enrolls in school or voluntarily attends school after the person's 18th birthday shall attend school each school day for the entire period the program of instruction is offered for the remainder of the school year. A school district may revoke for the remainder of the school year the enrollment of a person who has more than 5 absences in a semester that are not excused under Section 25. 087