Regular school attendance is essential for a student to make the most of his or her education-to benefit from teacher-led and 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 disruptions of a student's mastery of the instructional materials; therefore, the student and patent should make every effort to avoid unnecessary absences. Two state laws-one dealing with the require presence of school-aged children in school, e.g., compulsory attendance, the other with how a child's attendance affects the award of a student's final grade or course credit-are of special interest to students and parents.
Official Attendance-Taking Time (All Grade Levels)
The district must submit attendance of its students to the TEA reflecting attendance at a specific time each day.
Official attendance is taken every day during the second period each instructional day.
A student absent for any portion of the day, including at the official attendance-taking time, should follow the procedures below to provide documentation of the absence.
Documentation after an absence (All Grade Levels)
When a student is absent from school, the student-upon arrival or return to school-must bring a note signed by the parent that describes the reason for the absence within 2 days. A note signed by the student, even with the parent's permission, will not be accepted unless the student is 18 or older or is an emancipated minor under state law. A phone call from the parent may be accepted, but the district reserves the written to require a written note.
The campus will document in its attendance records for the student whether the absence is considered by the district to be excused or unexcused. Please note that, unless the absence is for a statutorily allowed reason allowed reason under compulsory attendance laws, the district is not required to excuse any absence, even if the parent provides a note explaining the absence.
Doctors's Note after an Absence for Illness (All Grade Levels)
Upon return to school, a student absent for more than 3 consecutive days because of a personal illness must bring a statement from a doctor or health clinic within 2 days verifying the illness or condition that caused the student's extended absence from school. Otherwise, the student's absence may be considered unexcused and, if so, would be considered to be in violation of compulsory attendance laws. A parent note will be allowed for up to 10 days throughout the school year. After 10 days, the parent note will not excuse an absence and a statement from a doctor or health clinic will be needed to excuse the absence.
Should the student develop a questionable pattern of absences, the principal or attendance committee may require a statement from a doctor or health clinic verifying the illness or condition that caused the student's absence from school in order to determine whether the absence or absences will be excused or unexcused.