PEIMS (Attendance)

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Attendance Policy


Kerri Rhyne
PEIMS Clerk
Fax: (956) 585-6648
 
Excused Absences

The following are the only reasons for an excused absence:

  • illness of a student or family member.
  • death of a member of the immediate family.
  • medical or dental attention.
  • religious holy day (must be pre-approved).
  • absences which the principal judges as an emergency beyond the control of the student or parent.

Medical Excuses (partial day)

A student who is temporarily absent resulting from a visit to a health care professional will be counted present if that student commences classes or returns to school on the same day as the appointment and be allowed time to make up missed work according to school policy.

Upon returning to school, the student should present the attendance clerk with an excuse or doctor's stationary within 3 school days to obtain this type of excuse.

Unexcused Absences

At the secondary level, when an absence is unexcused, the student may not make up missed work and could be subject to discipline for truancy. Some examples of unexcused absences are:

  • staying home to study or to write a report;
  • going shopping, looking for a prom dress, or returing a tuxedo;
  • going fishing, hunting, or skiing.
  • oversleeping or missing the bus,
  • skipping, or
  • failing to follow your campus' admit to class procedure.

If the reason is deemed unacceptable by the administrator, the absence will be unexcused. However, if the administrator determines that the unexcused absence is due to extenuating circumstances, make-up work will be allowed.

THE FACE THAT PARENTS KNOW AND APPROVE OF AN ABSENCE WILL NOT ALTER THE FACT THAT IF CAN BE UNEXCUSED OR CONSIDERED TRUANCY.

Pre-Arranged Absence

  • The following are the requirements for requesting a prearranged absence:
  • The student must be absent with the parent's knowledge and consent.
    Arrangements have to be made with the prinicpal prior to the absence.
  • This type of absence is one that does not meet the criteria of the legally excused absence, but one the principal may believe to be acceptable. Some of the absences may qualify for extracurricular status.
  • The method for requesting a pre-arranged absence is...
  1. Take a note to the principal for evaluation to determine whether the time and reason is acceptable or not.
  2. If the absence is acceptable, then the student is to take a note to each of his teachers and obtain the assignments for the particular time he will be absent.
  3. For such a request to be considered, the student must have satisfactory scholastic, attendance, and behavior records.
  4. For those in twelfth grade, if such an absence is for a college visitation cleared by the senior counselor, the student must bring back a note or letter from a college official such as an admissions counselor to receive an excused absence.