Documentation after an Absence
When a student is absent from school, the student—upon arrival or return to school— must bring a note signed by the parent that describes the reason for the absence. The campus will document in its attendance records for the student whether the absence is considered by the district to be excused or unexcused.Note: Unless the absence is for a statutorily allowed reason under compulsory attendance laws, the district is not required to excuse any absence, even if the parent provides a note explaining the absence. The district allows 5 parent notes per semester. After 5 the absence will be considered unexcused.You may also email notes: KHMSattendance@judsonisd.org
Doctor’s Note after an Absence for Illness
Within 3 days of returning to school, a student absent for more than 3 consecutive days because of a personal illness must bring a statement from a doctor or health clinic verifying the illness or condition that caused the student’s extended absence from school. Otherwise, the student’s absence may be considered unexcused and, if so, would be in violation of compulsory attendance laws. Should the student develop a questionable pattern of absences, the principal or attendance committee may require a statement from a doctor or health clinic verifying the illness or condition that caused the student’s absence from school to determine whether the absence or absences will be excused or unexcused.
- Find out if your child feels engaged by his classes and feels safe from mistreatment. Make sure he/she is not missing class because of behavioral issues and school discipline policies. If any of these are problems, work with your school.
- Ask for help from school officials, afterschool programs, other parents or community agencies if you’re having trouble getting your child to school.
- Talk to teachers if you notice sudden changes in behavior. These could be tied to something going on at school.