Regular and punctual attendance is important and expected. Students are considered tardy if they are not in their classroom at the tardy bell. Because of the state's compulsory attendance laws* and regulations governing school attendance, excessive absences or consistently arriving late to school/class can result in official warnings and court hearings. If your child must be absent, please call the school. For the safety of our children, if you do not call the school, someone will attempt to contact you at work or at home to verify your child's absence. It is also necessary when the child returns to school to send a note signed by the parent stating the specific reason for the child's absence within three school days. Medical verification from a doctor may be required.
If a child needs to be taken out of school during the day, the parent must come to the office to sign for the child. Requests for release of a child to another person listed on the registration card must be made in writing and must be dated and signed by the parent. Picture identification will be required for anyone signing a child out of school. Parents should avoid picking-up their children early from school, as this will count as a part of day absence.
*The Texas Compulsory Attendance Law indicates that a child who is required to attend school, must attend school each school day for the entire period the program of instruction is provided. If a student is absent from school on 10 or more days or parts of days within a six month period, or on 3 or more days or parts of days within a four week period- the parent is subject to prosecution for "parent contributing to nonattendance" and the student is subject to prosecution for "failure to attend school.“
Warning notices will be sent for students having 3 and 10 unexcused absences.
Warning notices may also be sent for students having an excessive number of Part of Day absences.