Attendance

missing school = missing out
 
Regular school attendance is essential for
a student to make the most of his or her education.

Click on  board policy-attendance for more information.

attendance matters
 
Excused Absences 
 
The following  constitute an excused absence:
  • Illness of a student or family member
  • death of a member of the immediate family
  • medical or dental attention
  • religious holy day (must be pre-approved)
  • absences which the principal judges as an emergency beyond the control of the student or parent

Within 3 days of returning to school, the student should present the attendance clerk with a written note signed by the parent describing the reason for the absence. 

*No excuses will be accepted after the 3rd day

Medical Excuse (partial day)
 
A student who is temporarily absent resulting from a visit to a health care professional, licensed to practice in the United States,  will be counted present if that student commences classes or returns to school on the same day as the appointment. Student will be allowed time to make up missed work according to school policy.

Upon returning to school, the student should present an excuse on doctor's stationary to obtain this type of excuse. 

You may fax or email an excuse to the attendance clerk. Visit the 'Contact' tab for contact  information. 
 
Unexcused Absences 
 
At the secondary level, when an absence is unexcused, the student may not make up missed work. Excessive unexcused absences may be subject to discipline for truancy. Some examples of unexcused absences are:
  • staying home to study or to write a report
  • going shopping, looking for a prom dress or returning a tuxedo
  • going fishing, hunting or skiing
  • oversleeping or missing the bus
  • skipping or
  • failing to follow your campus' admit to class procedures
If the reason is deemed unacceptable by the administrator, the absence will be unexcused. However, if the administrator determines that the unexcused absence is due to extenuating circumstances, make-up work will be allowed.
 
Pre-Arranged Absence
 
The following are the requirements for requesting a pre-arranged absence:
  • The student must be absent with the parents knowledge and consent
  • Arrangements have to be made with principal's office at least 1 week prior to the absence
This type of absence is one that does not meet the criteria of the legally excused absence, but one the principal may believe to be acceptable. The method for requesting a pre-arranged absence is:
  • submit a note to the attendance office addressed to the campus principal at least 1 week prior to absence
  • student must have satisfactory scholastic, attendance, and behavior record
  • if absence is approved by principal, then the student will be required to take the pre-arranged absence form (given by administrator if approved) to each teacher for signature and to collect class assignments. 
College Pass
 
Juniors and Seniors Only (11th and 12th grade)
  • obtain college pass from counselor prior to visit
  • obtain signatures from teachers
  • upon return submit college pass, note or letter from college official and a parent note

Click on the following link for our district attendance policy.
SISD Handbook

 
Attendance Loss Of Credit/Saturday School
 
Visit the Counselor's Corner for more information
 
Verification of Enrollment and Attendance Form (VOE)
 
Student can request form in the attendance office. Please allow up to 2 days to process.
Click on link for requirements:  
 
 
 
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