Regular school attendance is crucial for student learning. Absences can disrupt the student’s ability to master skills and concepts taught in class. Parents and students need to make every effort to be on time and in school daily. Alvin ISD requires written documentation for absences.
State law requires students, ages 6-19, to attend school. Students enrolled in Pre-K and Kindergarten are required to attend school and are subject to the compulsory attendance requirements as long as they remain enrolled in school. Failure to comply with compulsory attendance may result in an investigation and a violation report may be made to the court of law.
Failure to Comply with Compulsory Attendance
When a student incurs unexcused absences for three or more days or parts of days within a four-week period, a notice letter will be sent home as required by law. A complaint against the parent may be filed in court if the student is absent without excuse from school on ten or more days or parts of days within a six-month period in the same school year.
To receive credit or a final grade in a class, students must attend at least 90% of days the class is offered. Students who attend at least 75% but fewer than 90% of days the class is offered may receive credit or a final grade for the class if he/she completes a plan, approved by the principal, who allows the students to fulfill the instructional requirements of the class. If a student attends less than 75% of the days the class is offered or has not completed the plan approved by the principal, then the student will be referred to the Attendance Review Committee for determination of extenuating circumstances of the absences (excused and unexcused) and how the student can regain credit/final grade lost due to absences.
Documentation After an Absence
When a student is absent from school, upon returning to school, the student must bring a note signed by the parent that describes the reason for the absence. The campus will document in the attendance records whether the absence is considered excused or unexcused. Please note that, unless the absence is for a statutorily allowed reason under compulsory attendance laws, the district is not required to excuse any absence, even if the parent provides a note explaining the absence. Alvin ISD requires written documentation for absences.
Doctor’s Note After an Absence for Illness
Within 3 days of returning to school, a student absent for more than 3 consecutive days due to personal illness must bring a doctor’s note verifying the illness or condition that caused the student’s extended absence from school. Otherwise, the absence may be considered unexcused and, if so, would be considered to be in violation of compulsory attendance laws.
Students must be in classrooms by 8:00 a.m. Students arriving after 8:00 a.m. are considered tardy and must sign in at the front office prior to reporting to class. Parents/guardians must sign in students in the front office if they are tardy. A student who is tardy to class may be assigned discipline. Repeated instances of tardies will result in more severe disciplinary action, in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.
Q & A
Q: How can parents monitor attendance?
A: Check Skyward or call the office.
Q: Will all parent notes be excused?
A: Unless the absence is for a statutorily allowed reason under compulsory attendance laws, the district is not required to excuse any absence, even if the parent provides a note explaining the absence.
Q: What happens if I forget to get the doctor’s note?
A: The doctor’s office can fax or email the excused note. Note must be submitted to the school within 3 days of the absence.
Q: Where do I need to turn in the absence note?
A: Send the note to the student’s teacher or drop it off in the front office.
Q: What if there are extenuating circumstances for the absences?
A: Contact the Principal or Assistant Principal to discuss the reason for the absences to determine if absences will be considered excused or unexcused.
Q: I (student) need to travel out of town. Will the absence be excused if a note is sent?
A: Contact the Principal or Assistant Principal to discuss the reason for travel. Family vacations and out of town trips will not be considered excused.
For specific questions or more information, please contact the Registrar/Attendance Clerk (Mrs. Soliz) or Assistant Principal (Mrs. Cross) at 281-245-3670.