Attendance Policy

Compulsory Attendance Law

The State of Texas requires that all students at least 6 years of age and not yet 19 attend school until they obtain a diploma. It is important that students attend school each day. There is a very strong connection between student attendance and academic performance in school. Therefore, when students miss class, they miss out on learning.

90% Rule

In addition to the Compulsory Attendance Law, there is the the 90% law. In order to receive credit for a final grade for a class, a student is required to attend class 90 percent of the days a class is offered regardless of whether the student’s absences are excused or unexcused. If the student does not meet this requirement, the student must go through the Attendance Recovery Process.

If the student drops below 90% but attends class at least at 75% of the days the class is offered, the student may earn credit for the class by completing a plan approved by the principal.

Credit Loss Recovery

When students do not meet the 90% attendance rate in a class, it is reflected on their report cards as course credit denial. Students will be required to attend the twilight program in order to recover lost credits.

Unexcused Absences

Some examples of absences that count against the 90% attendance law include, but are not limited to:

  • family trips
  • vacations
  • attendance at non-school sponsored events

Excuses Absences

Based on state policy, the only absences that count as excused and do not count against attendance for credit fall under the categories below:

  • Medical Appointment (student attends school most of the day)
  • Holy Day as designated by the district
  • Court Appearance
  • Citizenship 
  • Naturalization
  • College Visit
  • Playing Taps
  • Board Approved Excused Absence
  • School-related (UIL, Field Trip, ISS, Testing, Other campus event)
  • Illness


We do recognize, however, that perfect attendance is not always possible. Ill children should be kept at home to allow recovery and to keep other students from contracting the illness if contagious.

If your child is absent from all or part of a school day, the student—upon arrival or return to school—must bring a note or send in an email, signed by the guardian or health care professional that describes the reason for the absence, or fill out a Google Form on the Campus Website.

The campus will update attendance records based on the provided documentation.

Early Pick-Up

Method #1) Send your student in with a note. First thing in the morning, They should come to the main office with a note from home stating what time they will be picked up. We will exchange that note for a pass to leave class at that time. When the time comes, the student shows their teacher and then comes to the main office. They are there ready for pick up and you make your appointment on time.

Method #2) Call the main office as soon as you know you will need to pickup your student early for that day. Give them time to send a pass to your student to come down at the time specified.

If methods one or two are not used, prepare to wait up to 30 minutes for us to find your student and get them to the office.