LHHS ATTENDANCE

JoAnna Costarell, Attendance Office

512.260.5524 (phone) 512.260.5510 (fax)



Semester Exams/Attendance

Just a reminder about Attendance and upcoming Semester Final Exams!

Students - If you have earned an Exemption from taking your fall semester final, it is not an excused absence from school. If you are absent, you will be marked absent. Absences during finals may count against your perfect attendance for spring semester finals.


Early Release during Final Exams

Parents/Guardians - if your student needs to leave campus early during final exams, you must send your early release email to hstransportationchanges@libertyhill.txed.net the morning of the day your student is needing to leave early. If you do not send the email, please know that since we are in a testing environment, we CANNOT call in to the classroom to get your student, so be prepared to wait until that class is over. Also, students are NOT allowed to leave their class once they have completed their final. This is a disruption to the other students trying to complete their final exam.


Early Release Procedure - If your student needs to leave early

1. Email hstransportationchanges@libertyhill.txed.net the morning student needs to leave - we will not accept advance emails or one email covering multiple days

2. Full legal name of student

3. Exact time student will be leaving - we will not accept "After student is done with finals"

4. Student must sign out at the front office - students cannot leave campus without signing out


Thank you for following our sign out procedure and helping our students have a distraction-free final exam environment!

TARDIES:

Tardiness reduces instructional time and disrupts class routine. Classes begin each morning at 8:30am. Students must be present and in class when the bell rings. If a student arrives after the 8:30 bell, they are tardy and must sign in at the Attendance window to obtain a pass to class. Any student arriving more than 15 minutes late to any class will be marked absent for that period.

Tardies can lead to detention and also affect student exemptions.


DOCUMENTATION AFTER AN ABSENCE:

All absence notes must be turned in to the Attendance Office upon arrival or return to school. It is the student's responsibility to follow up and make sure that attendance has been coded properly.

ABSENCE NOTES ARE ONLY ACCEPTED DURING THE CURRENT GRADING PERIOD. Once the 6 week grading period has closed, you only have a 48 hour grace period to turn in notes.

We do not take parent phone calls to excuse an absence.

Please allow 48 hours for notes, emails and faxes to be entered in Skyward

Parent note should include the following information:

  • Full legal name of student
  • Student's ID number
  • Date(s) of absence(s)
  • Reason for absence
  • Parent signature and phone number - A note signed by the student, even with parent's permission, will not be accepted.

Doctor note should include the following information:

  • Full legal name of student
  • Student's ID number

*College visits: Each junior and senior may receive two (2) college visits per year without penalty regarding absences from LHHS. College visits must be approved PRIOR to attending. To obtain approval, complete the College Visit Request Form and have all of your teachers complete their section. Turn in to your counselor for approval AT LEAST ONE DAY prior to your scheduled college visit. ​​ To receive an excused absence for a college day, students must bring back an official letter from the college registrar's office stating the date and purpose of their visit.


STUDENTS NEEDING TO LEAVE EARLY:

  • Parent/Guardian please send email to hstransportationchanges@libertyhill.txed.net - before 1:00pm day of student leaving. EMAILS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER 1:00PM. Please include:
    • Full legal name of student
    • Student ID #
    • REASON FOR LEAVING - if you do not put a reason, we will assume it is personal, and mark it Unexcused. If your student is leaving for a doctor's appointment, a doctor's note must be turned in for absence to be excused.
    • Time leaving class (please do not put "after xx period")
  • After 1:00pm you will need to come in to the school, bring your ID, and check your student out in person.
  • We cannot accept phone calls for student release. We cannot have your student waiting for you without written consent. We strongly encourage you to adopt the first option, as it is the most efficient method to have your student released from school.
  • Parent checkout does not take the place of parent note. A parent note or proper documentation is still required when checking out a student and signing out through the front office. Please see Attendance Policies located in the Student/Parent handbook.

Please allow 48 hours for absence in Skyward to reflect excused coding.


ATTENDANCE CORRECTIONS:

If a student has been incorrectly marked absent in a class, it is the student's responsibility to reach out to their teacher to make the correction. Once the attendance office has received notification by the teacher via email that the student was present, the correction can be made. Please note, corrections can only be made for the current grading period.


CLICK HERE TO VIEW COMPLETE LHISD ATTENDANCE POLICIES. (Pages 21-26)