A. When a student must be absent from school, the student-upon returning to school must bring a note, signed by the parent that describes the reason for the absence. A note signed by the student, even with the parent’s permission, will not be accepted unless the student is 18 or older. A parent should call the school prior to 10 am on the day of the absence, and should also state in writing the reason for the absence when the student returns to school.
B. All documentation (parent notes, doctor’s notes, appointment verifications, etc.) must be presented to the attendance office on the date the student returns to school.
Any absence not cleared within the allotted time (three days) will become an unexcused absence. An admission slip is required to return to classes at high school.
C. Unexcused absences are absences determined not to be due to extenuating circumstances. Students who have unexcused absences shall be permitted to make up their work if a grade for the assignment was to be given. Grades for make up work for an unexcused absence will be adjusted downward no less than 10 points and no more than 20 points.
D. A student absent from school or from any class without permission will be considered truant and subject to disciplinary action.
E. A student who must leave school during the day must bring a note from his or her parent stating the reason for the absence. The note from the parents requesting the early dismissal should be brought to the attendance office before the student’s first period class. The note must include the date, full name, grade, reason or dismissal, parent’s signature, and phone number where parent can be reached. Parents will be required to show ID when picking up a child for early dismissal.
F. A student who becomes ill during the school day should (with the teacher’s permission) report to the school nurse. The nurse will decide whether or not the student should be sent home and will notify the student’s parent.
G. Students who arrive late to school will be counted tardy. Parents are expected to provide written verification as to the reason for the tardy. As per BISD policy, three
(3) tardies count as one (1) absence. Also, students who arrive late to class will be counted tardy, and the “three tardies equals one absence” rule will apply. Separate and apart from the compulsory attendance requirements, students must attend school a certain amount of time in order to get credit for their academic work. Students must attend school for a minimum of 90% of the days of school during the regular school year or they may not earn credit in a class. Parents of students who have accumulated more absences than allowed for credit may present a written appeal for extenuating circumstances to the campus attendance committee.