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FMHS Attendance Procedures

  • FMHS Attendance Fax Number: 972-350-9243


    When a student is absent from school, call or email the appropriate attendance clerk on the morning of the absence. A signed parent/guardian note must be turned into your student’s attendance clerk within three days of returning to school. For your convenience, a note may be faxed to 972-350-9243. Valid documentation is required for healthcare visits, court appearances, college visits, etc. Failure to provide a note within three days will result in disciplinary consequences for truancy.

    -The district will accept no more than 8 parent notes in a school year to excuse an illness, personal, or pre-approved absence. No more than 6 notes may be used in a semester. Any additional absences will require a note from a health care provider or documentation of an absence exempt from compulsory attendance, in order to be excused.

    • Medical notes- Original medical notes must be provided for all-day and partial day healthcare visits. Notes from a medical professional must include a return date (open-ended notes are not acceptable). Over the phone or via video (telemedicine) is not considered an appointment with a healthcare professional.
    • Homework requests- Students and parents wishing to request homework for absences should communicate directly with the student’s teacher(s).
    • Planned Pre-approved Absence Request- Students may be granted a maximum of five pre-approved absences per school year. Pre-approved request forms for two or more consecutive day absences can be picked up from a student’s attendance clerk. Students should bring the completed form to their attendance clerk at least one week in advance. Planned Pre-Approved Absence Request Form

    Late Arrivals

    Students arriving at school after 8:20 am MUST sign in with their attendance clerk. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary consequences. If a student arrives later than 20 minutes into a class period they are considered absent.

    Early Release

    Students needing to be released early, should turn in a signed parent/guardian note to the appropriate attendance clerk before school. An Off-Campus Pass will be given to the student at that time. Please indicate the time the student needs to leave campus if a student will be driving themselves or picked up by someone other than a parent/guardian. Students must have a pass to leave campus during the school day and sign out with their attendance clerk. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary consequences.

    If there is an unexpected need for a student to leave campus early, a parent/guardian will be required to come into the front office to sign them out. Please allow extra time to locate and send for your student. It can be extremely difficult to locate students in Athletics, PE, and lunch.

    *A phone call from a parent/guardian will be accepted for an appointment made the same day, for students driving themselves. Please notify the appropriate attendance clerk as soon as possible and have your student turn in a medical note the following school day.


    Sick at School

    If a student becomes ill at school, they must be seen by the school nurse. The nurse will contact a parent/guardian if a student needs to be released early due to illness. Students may not text or call parents for permission to sign out if they are not feeling well.  

    College Visits (Juniors & Seniors only)

    Students are granted two days per school year for official college visits. Please contact your child’s attendance clerk via note or phone call, so they are aware of an intended visit. A letter from the college, on the school’s letterhead, including the student’s name and date(s) of the visit MUST be turned in to the student’s attendance clerk within three days of returning to school. The absence will be excused with a signed parent note.  

    Texas Compulsory Attendance Law (90% Rule)

    Texas Compulsory Attendance Law states, in part, “a student may not be given credit for a class unless the student is in attendance for at least 90% of the days the class is offered.”

    • Students may miss no more than five school days per nine weeks in order to comply with this law and avoid losing credit for classes. Credit will be denied in each class for which there are more than five absences in a nine-week grading period.
    • Both excused (parent note for illness, doctor note all day, etc.) and unexcused absences are calculated in the 90% rule and will be included in the five-day limit. There are some exceptions: college visits for Juniors & Seniors, medical notes for partial-day absences, mandatory court appearance, etc. Documentation must be provided within three days of returning to school.

    Please contact your child’s attendance clerk with any questions.