Vicki Crabtree, Attendance Secretary
COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE LAW
A student between the ages of 6 and 18 must attend school unless the student is otherwise exempted or excused. Also, a student enrolled in a public school pre-K or kindergarten program must attend school. A student absent, without permission from school or from any class, will be considered truant and subject to disciplinary action, which may also include court action. Failure to comply with the compulsory attendance law is a class C misdemeanor and punishable by fine. The district employs attendance officers to support students in maintaining good attendance. Parents or students who have concerns about attendance should contact the grade level assistant principal or school attendance office for information and/or referral to an attendance officer.
Spillane Middle School defines attendance as not being absent more than 10 minutes of any class period for any reason. For perfect attendance purposes, doctor’s notes, notes from parents, etc. do not excuse an absence from a class period. Students who are on school sponsored field trips will not be marked absent, and their perfect attendance status will not be affected.
A person required to attend school may be excused for temporary absence resulting from any cause acceptable to the principal and the school’s attendance committee. Students are required to provide a note from a parent or guardian for each absence within three (3) days from the date of the absence or consecutive absences. This note is to include student’s name and grade, reason for absence, telephone number of parent or guardian, and signature of parent or guardian. If the student does not bring a note for being absent, the absence will be counted as unexcused.
In order to keep up-to-date attendance records, please call the Attendance Office at 281.213.1238 prior to 9:00 a.m. on the day of your student’s absence. If you reach the voice mail, please leave your child’s name, grade, and reason for illness.
C. SCHOOL-RELATED ACTIVITIES
Board Policy (FM) states that the district shall not schedule, nor permit students to participate in any school-related extra-curricular or sanctioned activities on or off campus that would require, permit, or allow a student to be absent from class in any course more than ten (10) times during the school year (full course year). All University Interscholastic League (U.I.L.) sponsored activities are sanctioned as school-related activities, and, therefore, come under the provisions of Board Policy (FM). Other organizations may be recognized as sanctioned activities if they have been approved by the Board of Trustees. If the activity is not approved by the Board of Trustees, any absence incurred by a student in order to participate in that organization’s activities will be counted as an absence and not one of the ten (10) allowable days.
D. HEALTH CARE APPOINTMENT
A student shall be excused for a temporary absence resulting from a visit to a health care professional if the student begins classes or returns to school on the same day of the appointment. If the student satisfactorily completes the school work, the day of absence shall be counted as a day of compulsory attendance. The student must provide a note from the health care professional to the attendance office upon his/her return.
E. EXCESSIVE ABSENCES
Contact your grade level assistant principal to discuss your excessive absences (EA’s). Your assistant principal will help determine the number of hours needed to maintain credit.
Additional information on student absences may be obtained from the Cypress-Fairbanks I.S.D. Student Handbook, located on the district website at www.cfisd.net.
F. ACADEMIC MAKE-UP PROCEDURES
Students shall be given the opportunity to complete make-up work for all absences. It is the student’s responsibility to ask each teacher for all make-up assignments. They shall have a number of days equal to the number of days absent to complete and hand in such work. In the event of extenuating circumstances, additional time may be granted. Failure to turn in work or make-up work within this time may result in the student receiving partial credit or no credit for work missed.