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Regular school attendance is extremely important to your child’s education; therefore, parents should make every effort to avoid unnecessary absences. The State of Texas recognizes the following as valid reasons for absence:
● Illness of the child
● Sickness or death in the family
● Weather or road conditions making travel dangerous
● Religious holy days (please submit a written request prior to the absence)
● Days of suspension
● Participation in court proceedings
● Other unusual circumstances deemed appropriate by the campus principal

All absences are counted against the student’s attendance record.  School employees must investigate and report violations of the State of Texas Compulsory Attendance Law. Excessive absences may result in a referral to the legal court system.  Students absent more than five days will be referred to our District Attendance Officer.  Also, students with excessive tardiness will be referred to our District Attendance Officer.

Three Day Rule:  When returning after an absence,students are required to bring a note signed by his or her parent/guardian describing the reason for the absence. Also, GISD now accepts parent absence notes via Skyward. If the note is not submitted to the school office within three days of the absence, the student’s absence will be considered unauthorized or unexcused.  GISD schools do not accept absence notes after three days.

Ten Day Rule:  Once your child has been absent a totalof 10 days, throughout the school year, a doctor’s note will be required in order to excuse his/her absences. If your child misses 10 or more days, an Attendance Meeting will occur between an Oppe Administrator and parent to discuss and implement an attendance plan for your child.

DOCTOR APPOINTMENTS: When you are scheduling appointments with your child’s doctor or dentist, please consider a time after 9:45 a.m.  Official state attendance is taken at 9:15 a.m.  We encourage late afternoon appointments (after 3:00) so that instruction is not interrupted.


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