When a student tests positive for COVID-19 or becomes symptomatic, they are required to quarantine for 5 days or until the conditions for returning to campus are met. In accordance with compulsory attendance laws and the Texas Education Agency's required process, absences due to illness will initially be counted as "unexcused." Absences due to illness will be changed to "excused" with a doctor's note or proof of a confirmed COVID-positive test.Students identified as a close contact to a test-confirmed positive individual are not required to quarantine as long as they remain asymptomatic, but parents may choose to voluntarily self-quarantine their student. In this instance, in accordance with laws noted above, schools are required to initially mark a student with an "unexcused absence." However, the campus attendance committee will review those absences and all COVID-related absences will be changed to "excused." This is a formality to comply with state compulsory attendance laws, but a COVID-related absence (either for illness or voluntary quarantine) will not deny students credit at the secondary level nor deny elementary students promotion to the next grade level.