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ABSENCES AND TARDIES

When a student is absent, please call the school office at 817-285-3290 on the day of the absence. After any absence or tardy, a note is required from the parent. When writing the note, please make sure the following information is included:

1. The child's name

2. The absence date(s)

3. The homeroom teacher's name

4. The reason for the absence

5. A Parent Signature A doctor's note is preferred, if your child was seen by a physician. A child who is seen by a physician but attends school before and/or after the appointment, is counted present if a doctor's signed and dated note is presented to the office.

Excused absences are given for a child's illness or a death in the immediate family. All other absences are unexcused and subject to review by the Assistant Principal.

Each school day is important and each student should attend school every day unless ill.

Students who are tardy arriving at school should go by the office before going to class. The first bell rings at 7:50 A.M. each morning. All classes at West Hurst begin promptly at 8:00 A.M. Students are expected to be in their classrooms and ready to begin at that time. If a student is consistently tardy, they are missing valuable instruction time, West Hurst Tardy Policy details the guidelines you will receive at Registration.

Compulsory School Attendance (Texas Education Code, Sec. 25.085) A student between the ages of 6 and 18 must attend school unless the student is otherwise legally exempted or excused.

Upon enrollment in prekindergarten or kindergarten, a child shall attend school. (Paragraph 2, page 7, Code of Conduct)

A student in grades 1-8 shall not receive credit and may not be promoted if he/she has been in attendance fewer than 90% of the 177 school days. (Paragraph 5, Page 7, Code of Conduct)

If any student fails to attend or the parent/guardian of a school age child fails to send the child to school as required by law, a warning shall be issued by the school and/or the truant officer that attendance is immediately required and a truancy conference is requested.

If, after a warning, the student fails to attend and/or the parent fails to send the child to school as required by the law the parent/guardian commits an offense. (Sec. 25.093-25.095, Texas Education Code-Sec. 51.03/54.021, Texas Family Code) (Paragraph 7, Page 7, Code of Conduct)

Absences: It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to call the school each day a student is absent to explain the reason. ABSENCES NOT CLEARED WITHIN 72 HOURS WILL BE CONSIDERED UNEXCUSED. A student absent from school for any reason may not be allowed to participate in school-related activities on that day or evening. When a student's absence for personal illness exceeds four consecutive days, the student shall be required to present a statement from a physician or health clinic verifying the illness or condition that requires the student's extended absence from school.

Excused Absences: Any student may be excused for temporary absence resulting from:

Personal sickness

Sickness or death in the family

Quarantine Weather or road conditions making travel dangerous

Court proceedings

 Temporary absence due to an appointment with a health care professional is considered excused, if the student returns to school on the same day of the appointment with a verification note from the health care professional.

Excused absences are NOT GRANTED FOR FAMILY VACATIONS OR TRIPS.

Make-Up Work: Students shall have MAKE-UP PRIVILEGES FOR EXCUSED ABSENCES ONLY. It is the responsibility of the student to secure assignments missed and make up all work to time allotted by the teacher. (One day to make up work for each day missed.)

Students who miss school without having an excused absence shall be given an opportunity to make-up assignments missed for a maximum grade of 70. It is the responsibility of the student to secure assignments missed and make up all work to time allotted by the teacher. (One day to make up work for each day missed.)

ATTENDANCE The school year consists of 178 days of instruction. Official attendance is taken at 8:00 A.M. each day. According to state law, students must be present at least 90% of the school year. A student shall not receive credit for a class or school year unless the student has maintained a minimum of 90% attendance in that semester/trimester. Please click on the Document Manager for the HEB Attendance Policies/Answers and Questions.