Students are expected to be in school except in cases of emergency, illness, or school-approved absence. A child who is required to attend school under this section shall attend school each school day for the entire period the program of instruction is provided. (b) Unless specifically exempted by Section 25.086, a child who is at least six years of age, or who is younger than six years of age and has previously been enrolled in first grade, and who has not yet reached the child's 19th birthday shall attend school. Unless specifically exempted by Section 25.086, a student enrolled in a school district must attend.
3. Parent Notes
PK – 5th grade
Only five absences may be excused by parent note(s) for any reason per semester. Further absences require a doctor's note in order to be excused.
6th – 12th Grade
Only three absences may be excused by parent note(s) for any reason per semester. Further absences require a doctor's note in order to be excused.
2. Excusing Absences
In order for the principal to consider excusing an absence, a student shall bring a note for each absence that describes the reason for the absence. The note shall be signed by the student’s parent or guardian. All absence notes provided for consideration are expected to be submitted within five school days after the student returns to school. Parent notes documenting illness will be considered for excuse. Notes will be accepted for consideration until the campus files the “Failure to Attend” record with the court.
4. Health Care Appointments
The district shall excuse a student for an absence resulting from an appointment with health-care professional if that student begins classes or returns to school on the same day of the appointment. A note signed by the health-care professional and the parent must be brought to the campus officials, and the student must satisfactorily
complete the work missed on those days. The absence shall be counted as a day of compulsory attendance. The principal and/or district administration have the authority to modify or make exceptions to practice or limits based on circumstances that they determine to be relevant.