How can I report my student’s absence?
Refer to your child’s campus website for their required attendance documentation process. The following are approved documentation for attendance (at campus discretion):
- Parent-signed note to the campus attendance clerk upon return to school.
- Parent phone call to campus attendance clerk on the day of the absence MAY be allowed at campus discretion.
- No more than 3 parent notes/calls per semester will be considered for excused absences.
- A doctor’s note of absence may be required if campus determines.
- A doctor’s note can be directly emailed or faxed from doctor’s office to campus.
- A doctor’s note is required for a partial day absence due to a doctor’s visit.
ALL non-documented absences will show as unexcused until appropriate documentation is received. ALL forms of documentation will ONLY be accepted within 2 weeks of the absence.
NOTE: Unless the absence is for an allowed reason under the compulsory attendance laws, the district is not required to excuse any absence, even if the parent provides a note explaining the absence.
Do I need a doctor’s note to verify an absence for illness?
- If your child has been absent 3 consecutive days, a doctor’s note is required within 3 days upon return to school.
- Campus has the discretion to require doctor's note at any point.
- For all day absences due to illness, we now accept a signed parent note to excuse the absence in addition to a doctor’s note.
- HOWEVER, partial day absences due to a doctor’s visit, a doctor’s note is still required.
Why do I keep receiving letters from the district regarding my student’s absences?
School attendance is critical to students’ success, and we miss them when they are absent! Therefore, we track attendance daily, and Texas law requires us to notify you at 3, 7, and 10 absences. Continuous communication with parents allows us to partner with you in helping your child be present at school every day.
What should I do if I receive a letter or phone call in error?
Contact your child’s campus attendance clerk to notify them. Their contact information can be found below.
How many absences can my student have per semester?
While all absences affect your student’s overall success in school, the state’s legal requirements with Minimum Attendance for Class Credit or Final Grade (90% Rule; TEC 25.092) requires that all students must be present 90% of the time each class is offered. All absences affect grade promotion and credit earned including full and partial days (even just one period).
My student has medical needs that are causing multiple absences. What should I do?
Contact your child’s counselor to begin the 504 process. Their contact information can be found below.
What is the difference between excused and unexcused absences?
Excused absence is any absence allowed under the state’s compulsory attendance laws and any absence that complies with the district’s and/or campus documentation requirements. However, the district is not required to excuse any absences that are not found under the state’s compulsory attendance laws.
An unexcused absence is any absence NOT allowed under the state’s compulsory attendance laws and that does not comply with the district’s and/or campus documentation requirements. (See Student Handbook). NOTE: Each campus has discretion in determining documentation requirements for excusing an absence.
What counts as an absence? (late, one class, etc.) When your child is not in attendance at school for any reason and for any amount of time, whether excused or unexcused.Contacts
Parents and students are always welcome to call the following people and their corresponding campuses for information about attendance. Questions and concerns should be first directed to the student's assigned assistant principal or attendance committee.
- Suzanne Levy (x3060)