In order to receive credit in a class, students must be in attendance for at least 90% of the days the class is offered. Students who are in attendance for fewer than the prescribed number of days set by the law shall not be given credit for the class unless the attendance committee finds that the absence(s) are the result of extenuating circumstances. When returning to school after an absence, a student must bring a note signed by the parent that describes the reason for the absence; notes signed by the student, even with the parent’s permission, will be considered forgery and the student will be disciplined.
The District accepts the following as extenuating circumstances for the purpose of granting credit or promotion:
1. An excused absence based on personal illness or illness or death in the family, quarantine, weather or road conditions making travel dangerous, and any other unusual cause acceptable to the teacher, principal, or Superintendent or Superintendent’s designee.
2. Days of suspension.
3. Participation in court proceedings or child abuse/neglect investigation or any court-ordered activity.
4. A migrant student’s late enrollment or early withdrawal.
5. Days missed as a runaway.
6. Completion of a competency based program for “at risk” students.
7. Late enrollment or early withdrawal of a student under Texas Youth Commission.
8. Teen parent absences to care for his or her child.
9. Participation in a substance abuse rehabilitation program.
10. Religious holy days when the days are a tenet of faith and parents submit a written request prior to the absence.
11. Appointment with health care professional.
12. Obtaining U.S. citizenship.
If the attendance committee finds that there are no extenuating circumstances for the absence or if conditions established by the committee for earning or regaining credit are not met, the committee shall deny credit for the class. Students whose petitions for credit are denied may appeal the attendance committee’s decision to the Board of Trustees by submitting a written request that includes the basis for the disagreement with the committee’s decision to the Superintendent’s designee. The appeal shall be addressed as provided by the student complaint policies. (See FNG (Legal) & FNG (Local)).