Texas Education Code 25.087 ~ Excused Absences
Absences that are considered EXCUSED (with a parent or doctor's note) under Texas State Law:
In order for an absence to be considered excused, the student must provide an acceptable form of documentation to the campus Attendance Clerk. Appropriate documentation must be turned in when the student returns to school from the absence. If no documentation is provided, the absence is considered unexcused.
ALL GRADE LEVELS
- Religious holy days (festivals, ceremonies, etc. are not excused)
- Required court appearances
- Activities related to obtaining United States citizenship or taking part in a United States naturalization oath ceremony (for the student)
- Service as an election clerk
- Documented health-care appointments for the student or a child of the student (a note from the healthcare provider must be submitted upon the student’s return to campus)
- Students in the custody of the state
- Mental Health or therapy appointments
- Court-ordered family visitations, or any other court-ordered activity, provided it is not practicable to schedule the student’s participation in the activity outside of school hour
- Visit with parent or guardian called to duty
SECONDARY GRADE LEVELS
- College visits Juniors and Seniors Only (2 days per year)
- Pursuing enlistment in a branch of the US Armed Forces
- Student serving as voting or election clerk
- Student participating in sounding Taps for military honors
Absences that are considered EXCUSED (with a parent or doctor's note) under District Policy:
- Personal illness of the student
- Healthcare appointment (doctor, dentist, etc.) with appropriate documentation
- If a student attends school for a portion of the school day, and attends a healthcare appointment on this same school day AND provides appropriate documentation, the student will receive credit for attending the whole day.
- Death of an immediate family member with appropriate documentation
- School official sent student home from school (Nurse, Counselor, LSSP, Administrator)
- UIL Activities
- School-sponsored curricular or extracurricular activities
*Parent notes must be turned in or emailed to the school's attendance clerk no later than three school days after the child returns to school. The three-day period begins with the day the student returns to school.
What is an Unexcused Absence?
An unexcused absence is an absence that does not meet state or district guidelines. Unexcused absences also occur when the parent cannot produce any documentation that explains the absence or if the parent presents documentation that does not meet the criteria for excused absences.
What is MIT?
Missing Instructional Time or MIT may be defined as 15 minutes or more of missed instructional time throughout the day. This can occur when a student is late to school or class when a student leaves school or class early. Basically, anytime a student misses 15 minutes or more of instructional time MIT has occurred.
Absences that are considered UNEXCUSED:
- Missing Instructional Time (MIT) without an accompanying note from a health care provider (this includes arriving late or leaving early)
- Being absent without parental consent or knowledge
- Being absent without written notification from a parent or legal guardian
- Religious festivals, ceremonies, or other events not celebrated or recognized by the international religious calendar
- Graduations not for the student
- Family reunions
- International Travels
- Leaving campus during class or a lunch period without official permission
- Arriving late or Leaving school/class 15 minutes before or after the dismissal bell to avoid dismissal traffic
- Being in an unauthorized area of the school or campus without permission
- Willfully refusing to attend school
- Oversleeping/Alarm failure
- Needed at home for babysitting, chores, etc.
- Car trouble
- Missing the bus
- Any other absence that is not covered under the law
More information regarding attendance policies can be found in the Texas Education Code and the Sherman ISD Student & Parent Handbook.