ATTENDANCE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Please remember that student attendance is crucial to learning and their success. We do ask that appointments be scheduled outside of the regular school hours as much as reasonably possible. The school day at LHS begins at 8:10 a.m. and ends at 3:25 p.m. Tardies are defined as arriving within the first 20 minutes of a class start time. Arriving after 21 minutes is an absence.
· Your student is expected to be at school each and every day to comply with the state law for attendance. As their parent or legal guardian you are required to comply with the law as well. Failure to follow TEA Attendance guidelines may result in legal action for the student and/or parent. Please note that not all reasons for an absence or tardy are allowed by the TEA and will not be excused by LHS. Excused absences include the following with valid documentation, but not limited to:
§ Religious holy days
§ Required court appearances
§ Activities related to obtaining United States citizenship
§ Up to two (2) days related to visiting a college or university
§ Documented health-care appointments
· Examples of Unexcused absences include the following, but are not limited to:
§ Personal business
§ Hair or Nail appointments
§ Senior picture appointments (they should be scheduled during the summer)
§ Translating for a parent at a doctor’s appointment (unless the student’s name is on the doctor excuse form filled out by the doctor’s office and signed by them)
§ Taking a sibling to school
§ Missing the bus
§ Taking a relative or parent to the airport
§ Job Interviews
Please note that, unless the absence is for a statutorily allowed reason under compulsory attendance laws, the district and LHS are not required to excuse any absence.
· When your student is absent, you are required to notify their Attendance Clerk by phone or email on the morning of the absence. You should also send a parent note the next day with your student so they may get an Admit to class from their Attendance Clerk. If they went to a health care professional appointment, court appearance, PO required meeting, Immigration appointment, College visit, etc. they need to provide valid documentation provided by said entity. Please note you are required to provide documentation for any and all absences within three (3) days of any absence. Failure to do so will result in zeros (0) for all assignments collected for the day.
· A student absent for more than four (4) consecutive days because of a personal illness must bring a statement from a doctor or health clinic verifying the illness or condition. No documentation will automatically result in unexcused absences and will be considered in violation of compulsory attendance laws.
LOSS OF CREDIT
· To receive credit in a class, a student must attend at least ninety (90) percent of the school days a class is offered. A student attending at lease seventy-five (75) percent but fewer than ninety (90) percent will lose credit for the class and will be required to make up “seat time” to regain credit. This will be before or after school, or during block lunch. Students will automatically lose credit after their fifth (5th) absence in a 9-week period. ALL ABSENCES, EXCUSED OR NOT EXCUSED WILL GO TOWARD LOSS OF CREDIT.
· Students arriving after 8:15 should immediately go to their Attendance Clerk and sign in. Students signing in with a note should present it to their Attendance Clerk for an admit to class. Students without a note will receive an Unexcused admit to class or Tardy Lunch Detention if they arrive within the first 20 minutes of the beginning of a class period. Students receiving a Lunch Detention are required to serve it by the following day during A Block lunch.
· Students needing to leave campus before 3:30 are required to present a parent note stating the reason for leaving early with a current parent phone number to their Attendance Clerk and sign out. They will be given an Off Campus Pass that they will then present to the Main Office and sign out again. Failure to adhere to this policy will result in disciplinary action.
· Parents coming into LHS to pick up their student during the school day are required to show a valid id to the Main Office and state the reason for leaving early. Please be aware that it could take up to 20 minutes to locate your student, send them to their Attendance Clerk and then to the Main Office, especially during passing period, in a PE or Athletic class, or lunch time. So, please plan accordingly. It is recommended that you send a note with your student at the beginning of the school day. You may call into your Attendance Clerk to speed up the process should an emergency arise after the school day has started. Again, failure to adhere to this policy will result in disciplinary action. The TEA requires a student signature when arriving late or leaving early.
NURSE AND BECOMING ILL AT SCHOOL
· If your student becomes ill during the school day, they should obtain a Nurse pass from their teacher and go immediately to the School Nurse. The School Nurse will evaluate them and contact the parent/guardian to discuss options. They should not call or text a parent or guardian to come pick them up. Failure to follow this LISD policy will result in an unexcused absence.
REQUESTING HOMEWORK WHEN OUT
· A parent may request homework assignments on the 3rd consecutive day the student is absent. Most assignments are available on a daily basis on the teacher’s web site. Please allow twenty-four (24) hours for assignments to be collected by the Main Office. It is recommended you call before coming in to pick up the work. You should also turn in documentation at this time for your student’s absence.
· High School perfect attendance is defined as present every period of every day. LHS is on the block schedule and offers 4 classes each day and attendance is taken every class period. Students who are absent for religious holy days or medical appointments (with valid documentation) cannot be denied perfect attendance if the student has made up all the missed school work.
PLANNED ABSENCE REQUEST
· A student may be granted five (5) days (non-consecutive/consecutive) per school year for an obligation not addressed in the COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE section above. The student should go to their Attendance Clerk and request a “Pre-Approved Trip Form”. This must be filled out completely, returned to their Attendance Clerk, and approved prior to the absence(s). These absences will count towards Loss of Credit as stated above. Absences will not be granted during state mandated assessments.
VOE-Verification of Enrollment and Attendance
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) requires a VOE for any student applying for an instruction permit and /or a license under the age of 18. These are issued at LHS by the student’s Attendance Clerk. To be eligible for a VOE the student must be enrolled at LHS and be in compliance with the TEA “90% Rule”. If a student has missed more than 10% of the regular school days and is at “Loss of Credit” they must make up all seat time, have the credits restored and demonstrate good attendance (be in compliance with the 90% rule) for 4 weeks after making up all seat time before a VOE will be issued. Students at Loss of Credit the final 9 weeks of school will be required to wait until the new school year and demonstrate 4 weeks of good attendance before being eligible for a VOE. Summer school does not count as make up time.