Attendance & Tardiness
A student must be in attendance at least 90% of the days a class is offered in order to receive credit (Texas Education Code 25.092). An Attendance Appeal Committee appointed by the school will review the circumstances for any student’s absences after ten and again after eighteen. In addition, RISD financial revenue from the state is based on average daily attendance. Written excuses from the parent/guardian are required for all absences. A note must be received within 3 days when they return to school. Five unexcused absences or excessive excused absences are referred to Student Services.
Perfect attendance is based on no tardies, absences, or early departures.
A child who arrives after 9:00 a.m. when attendance is taken, will be counted absent for the day unless the child is seen by a health care provider and has a note stating the time and date by the physician. The note must be given to the office when the student arrives at school. The student must be in instruction for some part of the day for this to be in effect. For your child’s benefit academically, please arrange appointments after school.
A student should not report to school when ill. A student who has been ill should not return to school until the temperature has been normal (98.6 degrees) and has ceased for 24 hours without the aid of a fever reducing medication. Upon the child’s return to school the parent is required to provide a written explanation to the teacher.
A student will not be allowed to leave the campus without a parent’s/guardian’s written permission. For the child’s safety, parents/guardians must come into the office at Big Springs to sign a child out if the child needs to leave during the school day. Teachers are not authorized to release any student directly from the classroom. Also, students will be released only to the parent or individual who has been authorized in writing by the parent/guardian.
It is important that each student be seated and ready to work prior to 7:50 a.m. Students who arrive at school at or after 7:50 a.m. are considered tardy and must report to the office for a tardy slip.
Tardiness negatively impacts a student’s academic performance and causes a disruption in the educational process. Parents will be notified regularly of their child’s tardiness. A student who is more than 5 minutes late may be designated as absent for a partial day and the absence may be counted as an unexcused absence on the attendance record. If a campus administrator determines a student exhibits excessive tardiness, he/she may notify the parent that any subsequent tardies may be counted as partial day unexcused absences on the attendance record.
*Excessive or habitual tardiness will be referred to RISD Student Services.