Attendance Policy

  • To promote student safety on the way to school, please call the school office by 7:45 a.m. if your child is going to be absent. Students who have been absent must present a written excuse from their parent or guardian upon return to school. All students, without a written excuse within 3 days of an absence, will be marked as having an unexcused absence. If your child is tardy because of a doctor’s office visit, please provide a doctor’s excuse upon their return to school.
    Notes stating the reason for an excused absence must be submitted to the attendance clerk by email ( or by a written note signed by the parent or guardian of the student. The excuse should include the student’s first and last name, the days to be excused, and the reason for the absence.

    The only acceptable excuses for tardies and absences are:

    • Personal illness
    • Illness or death in the family
    • Quarantine
    • Weather or road conditions making travel dangerous
    • Participation in school activities with permission of the principal
    • Emergencies recognized by the principal

    For students who exceed 10% unexcused absences, HISD will automatically designate failure for the grade level. The School Attendance Committee will review the student’s grades and number of absences at the end of the school year, and it may or may not override the failure, depending upon the student’s grades and/or special circumstances.

Last Modified on July 26, 2021