Attendance Office Contact Information: (682) 314-0800
Reminder: please cc both Mrs. Martin and Mr. Gonzalez when submitting any information to the Attendance office.
Attendance Clerk Attendance Clerk
Robin Martin Sergio Gonzalez
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: When is my student considered absent or tardy?
The district must submit attendance of its students to the TEA reflecting attendance at a specific time each day.
Official attendance is taken every day at a specific time determined by the district (times per level may vary) as required by state rule.
Summit High School
- Students who arrive after 7:25 a.m. are considered tardy.
- Students who arrive after 7:45 a.m. are considered absent.
- If a student misses, more than 20 minutes of any part of any period they are considered absent.
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.
Q: What is considered an exempt absence?
All Grade Levels
State law allows exemptions to the compulsory attendance requirements for several types of absences if the student makes up all work. These include the following activities and events:
- Religious holy days;
- Required court appearances;
- Activities related to obtaining U.S. citizenship;
- Documented health-care appointments for the student or a child of the student, including absences for recognized services for students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, if the student comes to school or returns to school on the same day as the appointment. A note from the health-care provider must be submitted upon the student’s arrival or return to campus; and
- For students in the conservatorship (custody) of the state,
- An activity required under a court-ordered service plan; or
- Any other court-ordered activity, provided it is not practicable to schedule the student’s participation in the activity outside of school hours.
- A student who is 17 years of age or older who is pursuing enlistment in the military.
Required documentation: Paperwork signed by the relevant military branch showing that the student’s absence was related to enlistment.
In addition, a junior or senior student’s absence of up to two days related to visiting a college or university will be considered an exemption.
Doctor’s Note after an Absence for Illness (All Grade Levels)
Within 3 days of returning to school, a student absent for more than 5 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 considered to 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 in order to determine whether the absence or absences will be excused or unexcused.
Q: What is considered an excused absence?
- Family trip
Family Trips (All Grade Levels)
Students shall be excused for family trips, subject to the following guidelines:
Parents must notify the school in advance in writing.
- Students must make prior arrangements (at least one week) with teachers for make-up work.
- Semesters exams will not be given early.
- A maximum of five consecutive school days or one trip per year shall be allowed. These days are included in the 90% permitted by law.
Q: What happens when my student does not come to school?
When a student between ages 6 and 19 incurs unexcused absences for three or more days or parts of days within a four-week period, the school will send a notice to the student’s parent, as required by law. To remind the parent that it is the parent’s duty to monitor his or her child’s attendance and to require the student to come to school. The notice will also inform the parent that the district will initiate truancy prevention measures and request a conference between school administrators and the parent. These measures will include a behavior improvement plan, school-based community service, or referrals to either in-school or out-of-school counseling or other social services. Any other measures considered appropriate by the district will also be initiated.
Q: How can my student make up his work?
Absent from class
A student is encouraged to speak with his or her teacher if the student knows of an absence ahead of time, including absences for extracurricular activities, so that the teacher and student may plan any work that can be completed before or shortly after the absence. Please remember the importance of student attendance at school and that, even though absences may be excused or unexcused, all absences account for the 90 percent threshold in regards to the state laws surrounding “attendance for credit or final grade.”
(Please refer to the student handbook for any additional information regarding any of the information listed on this page)