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 on 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.
State law and school guidelines governing attendance require that excused absences pertain to illnesses, medical appointments and funerals of immediate family members. When a child is sick, it is important to keep your child home to prevent the spread of contagious illnesses including the flu. The LISD Fever policy states that a student needs to be symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication such as Tylenol, Advil or Motrin. This also applies to vomit and diarrhea. There may be other special circumstances which will result in an excused absence for non-illness related absences with prior approval from the principal. “Family Emergency” and “Family Business” are not considered excused absences.
School hours are 7:45am to 3:00pm. The school will open at 7:15am so students may eat breakfast and not be late to class. A student who is not in their classroom at 7:45am is considered tardy and will need to obtain a tardy slip. Tardies are recorded and parents are notified when tardies become excessive.
Students who arrive after 9:00am are counted absent for the day. If your child visits the doctor or dentist before arriving at school for the day, please bring the appropriate note from the medical/dental office. Your child will not be counted absent for that day.
The attendance line (469-713-5953) is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your convenience. Any time a student will be absent or tardy, please use this number to report the absence. Please provide the student’s name, date, teacher and reason for absence. An email to Mrs. Khimji (KhimjiN@lisd.net) or a handwritten note will also be accepted. All doctor’s notes or parent notes must be returned to the office within 3 days of the absence.
Students who are frequently absent may have difficulty in school. If student is absent for 4 or more consecutive days, a conference with the teacher is encouraged, and documentation of illness may be required. Illness serious enough for extensive absences will involve a physician’s verification. According to state law, excessive absences (more than 10%), excused or unexcused, full day or part of day, will be reviewed by the school attendance committee and may result in retention or legal action.