Admin

Attendance

IMPORTANT ATTENDANCE INFORMATION

If you have any questions regarding absences, please contact Mrs. Hart, the Attendance Secretary, at 832-249-5404 or email mehart@kleinisd.net.

If your child is absent from school, please remember to send a note stating why your child was absent. On your note include your child's first and last name, grade level, the date(s) of the absence, reason for absence and your signature. Turn the note into the Attendance Office within five school days of the absence. If we do not receive the note within the five school days, the absence will be coded as an unexcused absence.

Please refer to pages 31 - 34 and 137 in the KISD Student Handbook Intermediate School. If you take your child to the doctor, please ask for a doctor's note and return the note to Mrs. Hart in the Attendance Office as soon as your child returns to school.

ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS

Good attendance is of prime importance for the educational development of each student. A student should never be absent unless it is absolutely necessary. Acceptable and excused absences are the following: personal illness, illness in the immediate family, death in the immediate family (immediate family includes parents, grandparents, siblings), and school sponsored activities. Any variations of this may be discussed with the student's assistant principal or principal.

UNEXCUSED ABSENCES

A student commits a criminal offense if the student is absent for 10 or more days or parts of days in a six-month period or three or more days or parts of days in a four week period (See Stay in School Program Guidelines).

EARLY DISMISSAL & LATE ARRIVAL PROCEDURES

EARLY DISMISSAL

If you know that your student will be leaving school early for any reason please send a note to school with your student and have them bring it to the Attendance Office BEFORE they go to their first period class. We will give your student a pass to leave class 5 minutes before you plan to pick him/her up and they will be waiting in the Attendance Office when you arrive.

If you have an unexpected early dismissal during the day, please call us as soon as possible and we will have your child released from class 5 minutes before you plan to arrive.

We ask the student to leave class 5 minutes before you plan to pick them up in order to give them time to go to their lockers etc. and arrive in the Attendance Office by the time you specify.

If someone other than parent/guardian will be picking your student up, we will require written authorization or telephone confirmation giving us permission to release your student.

You must come to the Attendance Office to sign your student out. A photo ID will be required prior to your student being released.

LATE ARRIVAL

If you student is late for school he/she MUST have a written note from you in order to be admitted to class. Students arriving late, should bring the note to the Attendance Office for a pass prior to proceeding anywhere else on campus.

If the late arrival is due to a medical appointment the student should bring a doctor's note to the Attendance Office in lieu of a parent note.

Students may sign themselves into school through the Attendance Office at any time provided they have written documentation for the late arrival.

COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE LAW

The state compulsory attendance law allows for legal action, if necessary, for excessive absences. A student who is absent more than nine (9) days during the semester may not be given credit except as noted below:

  • Illness of the student, as verified by a doctor's written statement showing the exact dates of the absence**
  • Extenuating circumstances approved by the Campus Attendance Committee, the majority of which consists of classroom teachers
  • Any student who is absent more than nine (9) days during the semester will be denied credit unless a written appeal is received by the Campus Attendance Committee. Upon receipt of the written appeal, the student's attendance record will be reviewed by the Campus Attendance Committee to determine if extenuating circumstances exist. Extenuating circumstances include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Illness or death in the immediate family
  • Late enrollment or early withdrawal of a student placed in or having resided in a community care home by the Texas Youth Commission
  • Late enrollment or early withdrawal of a migratory student as defined by applicable federal regulations
  • The observance of religious holy days if the parent submits a written request
  • Weather or road conditions making travel dangerous
  • A natural disaster

** It is not necessary to have a note from the doctor each time that a student is ill. However, if the number of absences exceeds nine (9) days in a semester and if medical reasons are given for an additional absence, a doctor's note will be required for the day(s) of illness in order to receive academic credit, unless waived by the Campus Attendance Committee.

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