All student absences must be verified in writing or by an email by a parent/guardian. All absences are documented as unverified-unexcused until written verification is received from the parent/guardian by the school attendance office. Written verification of the absence must be received by the school attendance office within two (2) days of a student’s return to school. Upon receipt, the unverified-unexcused absence will be updated.

What is the difference between and excused and an unexcused absence?

Excused Absences: Excused absences are not viewed as days a student is entitled to take. Excused absences include, but are not limited to personal illness, funeral/memorial, quarantine, or weather or road conditions that make travel dangerous. Students are required to attend at least 90 percent of the days the class is offered. The student will be required to make up excessive excused absences.

Unexcused Absences: An unexcused absence is any absence that does not meet the definition of an excused absence (examples: personal business, vacation, traffic, car trouble, etc.).

State Approved Non-Absences: Medical Absence (part day/medical appointment), Religious Holy Days, Military Dependents.

To read the Leander School District Attendance Policies, click here.

What information needs to be on my child’s absence excuse note?

All emails or notes from parents/guardians should include the following:

· Full name of student and ID number

· Student’s grade

· Date(s) of absence

· Reason for absence

· Parent’s signature

· Parent’s phone number

· Current date

*Attach a doctor/dentist note if applicable

Where do I send my child’s absence excuse note?

· Your child may turn any written notes and/or doctor notes into the attendance window.

· You may email your absence note to:

Downloadable/Printable forms for absence excuses and early check out are available on the Cedar Park Middle School website. For any further questions or concerns about attendance, please visit the Leander ISD website and view the Middle School handbook.

Marla Stephenson

Cedar Park Middle School

Attendance Clerk