|300 East Davis Street | Mesquite, Texas | 75149 | 972.882.7800|
Calling in for an absence: A parent or guardian must call the school by 10:00 am on the day of the absence in order for it to be excused. All calls should be directed to the attendance office at 972-882-7888. If we do not receive a call on the day of the absence, the absence will be unexcused. In addition, we do not accept written notes for absences.
Excused absences: Student illness, medical appointments, court appointments, funerals, and religious holy days are considered excused absences. Students who are home due to illness are excused if the parent calls on the day of the absence. If the student misses three consecutive days of school, a doctor’s note will be required to excuse the absences. After 3 call-ins due to student illness, a doctor’s note will be required to excuse all absences. Note that "unexcused" absences prevent students from completing any make-up work from the class or classses missed.
Medical appointment/Mandatory court appointment: According to the State of Texas, a student who is in attendance for a portion of the school day (in our case, 45 minutes of one period) and then attends a medical appointment will be counted present if the student submits a dated doctor's note upon his or her return. All doctor's notes will be verified.This also applies for mandatory court appointments. Students must have the note submitted within one week of the appointment in order for it to be excused.
Funeral: Students who attend funerals are required to submit a funeral program or obituary for documentation upon return; however, it is still an excused absence. An excused absence is still a reported absence which means that a student will lose his or her semester exemption.
Religious holy days: Religious holy days do not count as an absence for the student if documentation is submitted. You can find further information about religious holy days under Texas Education Code Section 25.087.
Unexcused absences: Going out of town, DMV appointments, job interviews, visiting family, running errands, or other personal matters are considered unexcused absences according to state law. Students are not allowed to make up any worked missed for unexcused absences. If a student is attending a family event out-of-town, please contact the attendance office to make prior arrangements. In certain circumstances we may allow one day to be excused, but only if prior arrangements have been made. Family trips or other out of town excursions that occur during the school day are not excused. Our expectation at MHS is that our students will be present each and every day school is held. Still, certain situations arise that require students to miss school, but we hope that parents work to keep those situations to a minimum by scheduling personal business appointments outside the school day whenever possible.
Late arrivals and early dismissals: All students who arrive to school after 9 a.m. must sign-in in the Attendance Office. Students that have early release must sign-out at the front desk Kiosk. Students who arrive late or leave early without signing in/out will be marked “unexcused” from the classes and disciplinary action will be taken. If a student feels ill during the school day he/she must go through the clinic to be excused. The school nurse will contact the parents and arrange for the student to be released. Students are not allowed to sign themselves out, regardless of age. Parental notification must be received in the office before any students will be released, and students must sign out when they are leaving. Oversleeping and personal reasons for late arrivals will not be considered excused. If you feel the circumstances for late arrival are extenuating, please contact the attendance office to discuss the matter; otherwise, the absence will be considered unexcused. All students regardless of age will not be permitted to "sign themselves out" without prior approval from administration.
Tardies: Students will be given a 5 minute transition period between each period during the school day. A “Warning” bell will ring during each transition, notifying students that they have 1 minute to make it to class before the Tardy bell. Any student that arrives to class after the Tardy bell will be required to sign the teacher’s Tardy Log. Students that arrive to class 5 minutes after the Tardy bell are considered to be Excessively Tardy. These students should be sent to the office with a referral at the conclusion of Prime Time. Students that arrive to class 25 minutes after the Tardy bell should be sent to the office to sign in, at which point they will also receive appropriate disciplinary action. Tardies can be counted against a student as a partial absence. A student is tardy if they are not in the designated classroom when the tardy bell sounds.
College Days: Juniors and seniors will be allowed to take two college days and still maintain their exemptions. Upon returning, students must submit an original letter on the college’s letterhead that verifies the student’s visit. Any days beyond the two will be considered excused absences, but the student will lose their exemptions.
Truancy Laws: According to the State of Texas, any child between the ages of 6 and 18, or a person who voluntarily enrolls in school or voluntarily attends school after the person's 18th birthday shall attend school each school day for the entire period the program of instruction is offered. Students who accumulate 3 or more unexcused absences in a 4 week period or 10 or more absences in a 6 month period are considered truant according to state law. When this occurs, it is the legal responsibility of the school district to file a complaint with the proper court against the student and/or parent or guardian. All of this information can be found in Chapter 25 of the Texas Education Code or in the Student Code of Conduct. A truancy warning letter will be mailed to the home address when a student has incurred two unexcused absences.
Credit Denial: Excessive absences will result in loss of credit unless the student makes up the missed work and recoups the time in an acceptable alternative manner including but not limited to: Saturday school or after school hours. An unusual extenuating circumstance is a basis for appeal to the attendance principal.
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