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Assistant Principle for Attendance & Senior Discipline
the Assistant Principal for Attendance at Harlandale High School and
I handle all 12th grade discipline. If you have any questions or
concerns, feel free to contact me at 989-1012 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ATTENDANCE
Q: Why do I have to go to school?
A: The State of Texas requires that every child between the age of 6 and 18 go to school every day.
Q: What happens if I miss too much school?
things will happen if you miss too much school. You will not be awarded
credit for your missed classes, regardless of grades, and you will be
sent to truancy court. The State of Texas requires that you be in your
classes at least 90% of the time each semester in order to be awarded
credit. You will have to make up hours before you can be awarded your
credit. (see “How do I make up hours?” later in this brochure.)
Q: What do I do if I am absent?
is likely that there will be days that you must miss school. It is
important that you only miss when it is absolutely necessary. When you do miss school, you must report to the attendance office before 8:10 a.m. to turn in your note and get an admit slip.
Q: Will my absence be excused?
Excused absences include: personal illness, family funerals, medical
appointments, and court appointments with a subpoena. Other reasons will
be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. You
will be required to provide written documentation for the
absence, which must include the date of the absence and a parent
signature. Parent/doctor’s notes will only be excepted within 5 school days after the absence.
Q: Is there a limit on the number of parent notes that will be excepted?
parent note will only be permitted to excuse up to 5 absences per
semester. Any absence, after the 5th absence for the semester, will be
considered unexcused unless a medical or doctor’s note is provided.
Q: What if I need to check out of school?
If you become ill at school, you must see the school nurse. The nurse
will determine if you need to be sent home. If the nurse sends you home,
you will be excused for the missed classes if you bring a note from a
doctor or parent the following morning. The limit on the number of
parent notes per semester applies to check-outs as well. If
you leave school without following the proper check-out procedure, you
will be considered truant and discipline consequences will follow.
Q: How do I make up hours?
If you have more than 9 unexcused absences from a class period per
semester, you need to go to the Assistant Principal for Attendance
office to find out how many hours you will need to complete in order to
recover your credit.
If you need to make-up hours, there are several ways to make them up. You can:
· Attend before school or after school tutoring
· Work in the APEX lab after school
· Attend after school detention
You will need to turn in documentation of the hours you made-up, which must include the following:
· Your name and ID#
· Date attended tutoring
· Start time and end time
· Teacher’s signature
required make-up hours must be turned in to the Assistant Principal
for Attendance office. District policy requires that make-up hours be
completed within the semester acquired.
Q: What if there are extenuating circumstances that require that I miss school?
If you are experiencing circumstances that make it impossible for you
to attend school regularly, it is very important that you meet with the
Assistant Principal for Attendance. We
have an Attendance Committee that will meet to discuss concerns with
specific student’s attendance. This committee will create a plan to help
students recover lost credit due to excessive absences.