Kim Parker - Attendance Specialist
A good attendance record has a positive effect on a student's academic and extracurricular success. If a student has excessive absences without making up the work, he may fall behind or lose class credit. When sickness or other obligations make an absence necessary, the student's parent or guardian should call the Attendance Office prior to 8:20 A.M. After a full or partial day's absence, a student must bring a written excuse with him when he returns to school, or he may receive an unexcused absence.
As always, no students are permitted to leave the building without being signed out by either a parent, legal guardian, or any other parties listed on the students’ information sheet. Please be prepared to present a picture ID upon request.
I. Reporting Student Absences: When your student will be absent you need to call the attendance office and report the absence. Communication is crucial. If your student will be absent for an extended period of time you must contact the attendance office so we are aware of your student's circumstances and can notify your student's counselor. Examples would be traveling out of town/state/country or hospitalization/severe illness of the student or an immediate family member.
* If your student has a chronic illness that will result in frequent absences please provide documentation from your student's physician so we are aware of the situation. Please be assured that any information provided will remain strictly confidential.
II. Students Returning After An Absence:In accordance with the Humble I.S.D.Parent/Student Handbook a student is required to send a parent/guardian note or a doctor's note to the attendance office the day your student returns to school. There is a 2 day time limit for turning in these notes. Please include on the note your student's legal name, date of absence, the reason for the absence and a parent/guardian signature.
III. Excessive Absences:Please refer to the Humble I.S.D. Parent/Student Handbook for Compulsory Student Attendance laws and criteria that would constitute possible legal consequences for "Failure to Attend School". Please Note: Documentation and communication as absences occur are crucial if your student should reach what is considered to be an excessive number of absences.
IV. Perfect Attendance Requirements: A student is eligible for perfect attendance if he/she has been present for every class period, every day. Students who are absent (for any part of the school day) for any reason other than a school related activity will NOT be eligible for perfect attendance.
Signing In and Out Procedure
I. Any student arriving after the first bell must sign in at the Attendance Office Window to receive a pass to class. Your teacher will not allow you to enter the classroom without a pass.
II. Any student leaving the campus for any reason must be signed out at the Attendance Office Window. This includes students leaving for lunch, sent home by the clinic or sent home by a Principal. Any student taken off campus that has not been signed could be regarded as truant and subject to disciplinary action.
III. Anyone who is here to sign a student out must present valid photo identification - such as a valid driver's license or a U.S. Passport before the child will be released to leave campus. Any alternate forms of identification are subject to Administrator approval. Administrators are occasionally off campus so please do not rely on someone always being here who can confirm your identity.
NO I.D. = NO STUDENT LEAVING AMS WITH YOU.
IV. Only persons listed on a student's emergency/other contacts section of their enrollment form will be allowed to sign that student out. If the person you are sending to pick up your student is not on their form then the parent/guardian will need to submit in their own handwriting a note stating the name of the person to pick up the student, state that they have your permission to pick up your student and the note must be signed and dated. For your student's safety we cannot accept telephone communication to authorize
someone to pick your student up. Due to the number of students attending AMS, please do not call and ask for your student to be pulled from class prior to your arrival unless it is a true emergency/urgent situation. Routine doctor and dental appointments do not create an urgent situation.
Parent Notes, Excuses for Absences
Parents are required to submit parent notes or excuses for absences (other than the exceptions listed below) within 48 hours of the absence. The district is telling secondary campuses to enforce this policy as stated in the student/parent handbook.
The only exceptions to this 48-hour window are absences that schools are required to excuse per the state of Texas. Below are two links to the Texas Education Code and Humble ISD board policy that explains these exceptions. If a student or parent brings in documentation to support one of these exceptions, the school will accept it after the 48 hour window.
These exceptions include:
a. a doctor's visit if the student commences classes or returns to school on the same day of the appointment
b. observing religious holy days
c. attending a required court appearance
d. time at a governmental office applying for citizenship
e. taking part in a U.S. naturalization oath ceremony
f. serving as an election clerk
g. two days during the junior or senior year for college visits
h. a temporary absence for a health care visit for a student with autism spectrum disorder
i. a student involved in sounding "Taps" at a military honors funeral
Outside of these exemptions, administrator's approval is required for any exceptions other than those listed above. Otherwise, absences reported after the 48-hour window will remain "unexcused".
If your student has an afternoon appointment and must be signed out of school, please come to the Attendance window prior to 3:45 p.m. Students will not be pulled from class after that time.
Last Modified on August 16, 2013