Regular attendance is vital to a student’s success in school. The entrance bell rings at 7:25 a.m. At 7:30 a.m. all students should be in their classrooms. If a student is absent a written excuse is required from the parent or guardian. Personal illness, illness or death in the family, quarantine, and emergencies or unusual circumstances recognized by the principal or person designated are acceptable excuses for absences.

    The student who misses school for the purpose of observing religious holy days will be excused, including traveling for that purpose, if before the absence the parent, guardian, or person having custody or control of the student submits a written request for the excused absence. Excused days for travel shall be limited to not more than one day for travel to and one day for travel from the site where the student will observe the holy days.

    A student who is temporarily absent due to a documented appointment with a health care professional, will be counted present, if that student commences classes or returns to school on the same day of the appointment. The appointment is to be supported by a document such as a note from the health care professional.

    19TAC§129.21(k), TEC §25.087(b)

    State Law specifies that official attendance for ADA purposes shall be recorded at the second instructional hour (9:30 a.m.). That means that if any student comes to school after 9:30 a.m. he/she will be marked absent for that day.