• Student Attendance Guidelines

    Absences: Regular school attendance is essential for a student to make the most of his or her
    education–to benefit from teacher-led and school activities, to build each day’s learning on the previous
    day’s, and to grow as an individual. Absences from class may result in serious disruption of a student’s
    mastery of the instructional materials; therefore, the student and parent should make every effort to
    avoid unnecessary absences.

    According to state attendance regulations, we must have a parent letter or doctor’s note for any
    student absence within five days of the absence. While your phone calls are greatly appreciated, they
    do not excuse an absence. Parent notes should be emailed to ldavis01@ems-isd.net and the student’s
    homeroom teacher. Please reference the student’s first and last name along with the absence date and

    Absences are excused for illness, appointments with a health care professional (with a note or receipt
    from the health care professional), serious illness or death of a member of the student’s immediate
    family, or an emergency that prevents the student from being in school. Upon return to school, a
    student absent for more than five consecutive days because of a personal illness must bring a statement
    from a doctor or health clinic verifying the illness or condition that caused the student’s extended
    absence from school. Otherwise, the student’s absence may be considered unexcused and, if so, would
    be considered to be in violation of compulsory attendance laws.

    District attendance letters will be sent home per district policy. Attendance letters are required by state
    law in order to make parents aware of a student’s attendance. If you have any questions about your
    child’s attendance record at any time please contact Lesa Davis in the school office.

    Appointments: 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. and does not
    return later in the school day, a doctor’s note must be received or they will be considered absent for the

    Please do not call and ask for your child to be waiting in the office before you arrive to school. To avoid
    loss of instructional time, the parent must be in the office before a student will be called from class for
    an appointment. No child will be called from class after 2:30 p.m. unless you have a family emergency.
    Please plan appointments accordingly.

    Tardies: A student will be considered tardy or late if they are not in his or her classroom when the 7:35
    am 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 amount of tardies can negatively
    affect your student’s overall attendance record and result in lunch detention.