For more information, please visit our attendance office website below.
Laws To All Parents/Guardians of LISD Students:
The attendance section serves as the official required WARNING NOTICE per Texas Education Code for parents and/or students who might have non-compliance attendance related issues. School districts are required to provide parents with information regarding the Compulsory School Attendance Law.
If a student is absent for ten (10) or more days or parts of days in a six-month period in the same school year:
1. The student’s parent is subject to prosecution under of the Texas Education Code; and
2. The student is subject to a referral to Truancy Court under of the Texas Education Code
It is the parent’s duty to monitor the student’s school attendance and require the student to attend school. Parents may request a conference with school officials to discuss absences. Legal action may be filed against the child, the parent(s), legal guardian(s) and/or any person(s) standing in a parental relation to the child.
LISD ATTENDANCE BROCHURE
Whether for full days or parts of day(s) , the following information about absences applies:
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: The following absences are considered “State Approved Non-Absences” if the proper documentation is provided by the student and/or parent/guardian within two (2) days of the student’s return to school. A “State Approved Non-Absence” is one for which the District still receives funding and the student is marked in the attendance system with a code that is equivalent to present. Students do not accumulate hours.
Absences for College Visits: The District may excuse a student from attending school to visit an institution of higher education accredited by a generally recognized accrediting organization during the student’s junior and senior years of high school for the purpose of determining the student’s interest in attending the institution of higher education. The District may not excuse more than two (2) days during the student’s junior year and two (2) days during the student’s senior year. Official verification of the absence from the institution of higher education must be provided within two (2) days of the student’s return to school.
Medical Absences: A student may be excused for a temporary (partial day) absence due to an appointment with health care professionals for either the student or the student’s child if the student begins classes or returns to school on the same day of the appointment/treatment.
Tardies: If a student arrives after the start of school, the student must check in at the attendance office. At the secondary level, if a student is late to class within the first ten (10) minutes of the class, the student is marked tardy. If a student is more than ten (10) minutes late to class, the student will receive an absence. At the elementary level, a student is considered tardy if they arrive to school after the start of the school day. If a student is more than one (1) hour late to school, he/she will be counted absent for the entire day.
Failure to Attend: A student fails to attend school when the student misses a class or classes (often called “skipping”). A student who fails to attend school is subject to campus disciplinary consequences.
Pre-arranged absence form
- Pre-arranged absences count AGAINST exemptions.
- Student will still be required to make up hours accumulated
- Form is due PRIOR to absence
- This does not create an excused absence unless it meets the "Excused Absences" criteria listed on the form.
Why would you use a Pre-arranged absence form?
- To let teachers know when you will be missing school for more than 3 days.
- Attendance will be coded as a U (unexcused, verified) INSTEAD of an O (unexcused, unverified). The code U DOES NOT trigger TRUANCY.