Requirements for Absences
Absences may be excused for three reasons:
- Personal illness
- Death in the immediate family
- School related absence
You are required to submit a parent or doctor note to the Attendance Office within 48 hours of the student’s return from absence. If it is easier, you may email firstname.lastname@example.org or fax the note to 512-704-1390, Attention: Attendance.
If a student is absent due to illness for five consecutive days or more, a doctor’s note is required.
Parents/Guardians who wish to expedite the process of signing their students out of school early can send a note via their student or email the Attendance Specialist 48 hours in advance. This gives us an opportunity to contact you, the parent/guardian to verify. In your notes, include a daytime phone number.
Should you receive an attendance letter, please contact the number provided on the letter for any questions/concerns you may have.
The attendance specialist cannot change a teacher’s attendance. You must contact the teacher that can verify a student’s attendance.
Students that arrive 10 minutes or more late to class are counted absent. Only the teacher can tell if the student was present during any portion of the class period.
Juniors and Seniors can have 2 absences due to college visits per year. These visits will not affect exemptions or credit but must be documented with a note from the college and submitted within 48 hours of visit.
Excused absences can still result in loss of credit or loss of exemption status. The only absences that do not count toward exemptions are school-related activities, religious observances, doctor appointments and college visits.
Excessive absences can result in any or all of the following:
- Truancy charges filed against the student
- Denial of TEA Verification of Enrollment (VOE) form
- Denial of exam exemptions