Regular school attendance is essential for the student to make the most of his or her education—to benefit from teacher-led and school activities, to build each day’s learning on the previous day, and to grow as an individual. Absences from class may result in serious disruption of a student’s mastery of the instructional materials; therefore, the student and parent should make every effort to avoid unnecessary absences.

The information below includes a listing of excused and unexcused absences as well as additional information on truancy. 

For more Attendance information please contact the following:

Kari Nease
Early Childhood Center
694-9077
knease@flourbluffschools.net

Krystal Jennings
Primary
694-9687
kjennings@flourbluffschools.net

Melissa Pena
Elementary
694-9587
mpena@flourbluffschools.net

Leticia Day
Intermediate
694-9481
leticiaday@flourbluffschools.net

Monica Garza
Junior High
694-9389
monica.garza@flourbluffschools.net

Anna Barrera
High School
694-9187
abarrera@flourbluffschools.net

Patty West
High School
694-9189
pwest@flourbluffschools.net

EXCUSED ABSENCES

Student absences are considered excused for the following reasons: Documentation must be within 3 days of returning to school.

  • Personal illness (includes healthcare visit without documentation)-parent note or phone call required.
  • Death of an immediate family member (immediate family is defined as parent, guardian, grandparent, sibling of the student or parent, or a person living in the home)-note required
  • Emergency in immediate family (immediate family is defined as parent, guardian, grandparent, sibling of the student or parent, or a person living in the home)-note required Illness of the student’s child with note
  • School-imposed absence necessary to treat lice.
  • Illness resulting from ongoing medical or psychiatric treatment (chemotherapy, radiation, dialysis, etc., with a doctor note indicating specific timeframes and anticipated absences)
  • An appointment with a health care professional would include a visit to a doctor or dental office, a speech therapist(SLP), a licensed social worker (LCSW or LMSW), a psychologist (LPA), or a professional under the order of a medical doctor, including for a student diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder an appointment with a health care practitioner to receive generally recognized serviced such as applied behavioral analysis, speech therapy and occupation therapy
  • Removal by CPS/law enforcement and related days (including an arrest or incarceration for non-school-related matters or incarceration beyond three (3) days from school-related matters (if not withdrawn)
  • Homeland security and visa appointment (passport/INS/visa/residency, with documentation requiring appearance and proof of attendance)
  • Homebound instruction (CEHI-approved, including PEP student)
  • Medicaid-eligible; participating in Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment Program (with documentation)
  • Nurse sent home from school and/or any consecutive days approved by the campus nurse
  • Out-of-school suspension for disciplinary reason (including an arrest or incarceration for school-related matters for up to three (3) days
  • Citizenship application appointments and/or participation in a U.S. naturalization oath ceremony (with documentation) including a maximum of one day travel to and one day travel from the site if applicable (requires all missed assignments to be successfully completed within the timeframe established by the teacher)
  • Sounding taps for a military honor funeral held in the state of TEXAS (for students in grade 6-12 and requires all missed assignments to be successfully completed within the timeframe established by the teacher)
  • Mandated court appearance with documentation of required (subpoena/court order) and attendance including a maximum of one day travel to and one day travel from the site if applicable (requires all missed assignments to be successfully completed within the timeframe established by the teacher)
  • Appointment with health care professional such as a doctor, dentist, psychiatrist or licensed professional psychologist (if they attended a part of the day with doctor’s note and were signed out in the office otherwise would just be excused only)
  • Observance of a religious holy day (full or partial day) of obligation including a maximum of one day travel to and one day travel from the site if applicable (requires all missed assignments to be successfully completed within the timeframe established by the teacher)
  • School-sponsored curricular or extracurricular activity that is NOT UIL related
  • UIL activity (requires principal approval)
  • College/military visit two junior year two senior year (with prior approval and appropriate verification)
  • Activity required by a probation officer (other than court appearances) or Human services activity required by a caseworker (with documentation; requires all missed assignments to be successfully completed within the timeframe established by the teacher)
  • Election clerk duties (with documentation) including a maximum of one day travel to and one day travel from the sited if applicable (requires all missed assignments to be successfully completed within the timeframe established by the teacher.
  • A visit with a parent, stepparent or legal guardian who is an active duty member of the uniformed services and has been called to duty for, is on leave from or is immediately returned from continuous deployment of at least four months outside the locality where the parent, stepparent or guardian regularly resides up to 5 days during the school year. Documentation must indicate not take earlier than 60 days before the date of deployment or no later than 30 days after the date of return from deployment) (requires al missed assignments to be successfully completed within the timeframe established by the teacher)

UNEXCUSED ABSENCE

If an absence does not meet the criteria for an excused absence or one of the extenuation circumstances specified in Board policy, the absence will be considered unexcused for attendance accounting purposes.  Examples of unexcused student absences include but are not limited to the following reasons:

  • Any “excused” absence (including personal illness) without required documentation.
  • Failure to bring required doctor’s note (after student has been placed on “Doctor’s Note Required” for excessive absences for personal illness).
  • Non-school-sponsored activity (sports, competitions)
  • Family illness (non-emergency)
  • Death other than immediate family (as defined under EXCUSED ABSENCES)
  • Family trip/vacation
  • Welfare and WIC visit
  • College visit (beyond limit, without prior approval or appropriate verification)
  • Homeland security and visa appointment (passport/INS/visa/residency; without documentation required for an excused absence as specified above)
  • Private lesson, tutoring, counseling and other services
  • Religious retreat or other church-related event other than a holy day
  • Runaway
  • Truancy
  • Driver’s license-related visit
  • Weddings
  • Birthdays
  • Reunions
  • Quinceanera
  • Car trouble
  • Power outage
  • Over slept
  • Weather unless issued closure by Flour Bluff School District