Student Attendance Guidelines
Absences:While your phone calls are greatly appreciated, they do not excuse an absence, we must also have a notification in writing. Parent notes can be delivered to the office or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and/or the student's teacher. Please reference the student’s first and last name along with the absence date and reason. Absences will only be considered excused in the case of illness, documented health care appointments, religious holidays, and immediate family funerals. Once a child reaches 10 or more absences for the school year, doctor’s notes are required for any future absences.
Per district policy, attendance letters will be mailed at 3, 5, and 10 absences. Attendance letters are required by state law in order to make parents aware of a student’s attendance. It is also a district policy that we have an attendance contract on file for students with several absences, even if the absences are excused.
When your child has a doctor or dental appointment, please get a note from the doctor to excuse the time away from school. If your child arrives after 10:00 a.m. without a doctor's note, it will be counted as an absence, not a tardy. If your child leaves school before 10:00 a.m. for an appointment and does not return, a doctor’s note must be received or they will be considered absent for the day. Parents must be present in the office before a student will be called from class for an appointment. Students will not be called out of class after 2:30 p.m. unless you have a family emergency. Please plan any appointments accordingly.
A student will be considered tardy if he/she is not in his/her classroom when the 7:35 a.m. tardy bell rings. According to state attendance laws, tardies are considered a partial day absence, so please be mindful of the number of tardies your child receives. A large number of tardies can negatively affect a student's overall attendance record. Students who accumulate five or more tardies during a nine-week grading period will be assigned lunch detention.
If you have any questions about your child’s attendance record at any time, please contact the school office at (817) 237-8306. For additional information regarding EMS ISD attendance policies, please review the Student/Parent Handbook online at http://www.emsisd.com/Domain/94.