Policies and Procedures
All absences shall be considered in determining whether a student has attended the required percentage of days.
ABSENCES: A parent should call the Attendance Office (817-814-4000) when a student is absent. All absences are recorded as unexcused except those documented by a doctor/dentist statement giving specific dates of care/appointment, a court appearance confirmed by the notice to report, suspension, attendance at a funeral, (travel to out of town funerals will be limited to one day travel each way), and an approved note from parents. Notes must be received within seven calendar days to get approval. ALL NOTES RECEIVED AFTER SEVEN CALENDAR DAYS will be filed, but WILL NOT BE EXCUSED. Three parent notes will be allowed per semester; all others must be accompanied by a doctor’s note which should include the student’s name and ID number, date(s) of absence, reason for absence, parent’s signature, and a phone number where the parent can be reached for confirmation.
EXCESSIVE ABSENCES RESULTING IN DENIAL OF CREDIT: As stated above, a student will be denied credit for a class if the Excused and Unexcused absences exceed eight for that class during the first semester and nine during the second semester. In order for a student to be ELIGIBLE to recover credit due to attendance, students MUST be in attendance of that class for a minimum of 75% of the school days in that semester. For the 2019-2020 school year, a student may attempt to recover credit due to attendance if the student has NO MORE THAN 21 unexcused absences in that class for the first semester and 24 unexcused absences in that class for the second semester. Students will be given an opportunity each semester to recover Excused and Unexcused absences exceeding nine but not more than the number prescribed in each semester.
PETITION: In some situations, extenuating circumstances occur and the excessive absences cannot be made up during the semester in which they were recorded. Excused and Unexcused absences may be petitioned to the Attendance Review Committee. Petitions must be submitted on a petition form which is available in the attendance office. Petitons must be submitted to the committee no later than the third week of the six weeks following the semester in which the excessive absences occurred.