What to do if your child must be absent:
Ø Call the attendance office # 817-744-3500
Ø Send in note or email to (email@example.com) within 5 days of the absences.
Ø Absences due to a health care appointment. Student must return with a note from the health care provider within 5 days.
Ø In the case of chronic illness that causes the student to miss more days because of a continuing condition, a doctor’s note will need to be filed with the school annually.
Click the link for important KISD attendance information. Attendance-Information.aspx
v Attendance is on one of the most important factors in student academic success. According to state law and board policy, a student is required to be in attendance at least 90% of the dates classes are offered.
v Students who exceed 10% threshold for absences will be referred to the campus attendance committee for review and they are subject to possible consequences.
There are two types of absences:
Recognized Absences: These are absences that the Texas Education Code and Keller ISD board policy indicate DO NOT count toward the student’s 90% attendance rule. The following are the 9 types of absences known as recognized:
1. Health Care appointments: Student is temporarily absent due to a documented appointment. Student must return with a note from the physician either on the same day or next day. Student must have been present for some portion of the school day on the day of appointment.
2. Medicaid Screening Appointment: Student is Medicaid-eligible and is participating in the Early & Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment Program. Student may be excused for up to one full day at a time.
3. Observing religious holy days: May include 1 day travel to and 1 day of travel from the event, and requires notification from the parent to a designated school representative.
4. Mentorship: To fulfill an Advanced Measure to complete Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP) - Applies to high school students only.
5. School related/extra-curricular activity: Examples include a field trip or an athletic event with designated school/sponsor/employee(s).
6. Court appearance: The student is involved in court proceedings and includes travel for that purpose. Student should provide documentation of required appearance prior to date of absence.
7. College Visit: With parent documentation and limited to two days for 12th graders, one day for 11th graders). Absences due to participation in college visit will not count against a student for exemption requirements.
8. Absence (Grade 6-12 only): For the purpose of sounding "Taps" at military honors funeral for a deceased veteran. Requires parental documentation.
9. Appearing: At governmental office to complete paperwork for US citizenship and taking part in the Naturalization ceremony.
Non-Recognized Absences: These absences DO count toward the 90% Rule.
1. Any normal student absence documented by parent/guardian due to illness or other non-recognized absences
2. Undocumented student absences (truancy absences)
3. Absences due to an out-of-school suspension
4. Required participation in an ongoing Court Case
5. Attendance at a funeral, which may include 1 day for travel to, 1 day for funeral, and 1 day travel from funeral for a maximum of 3 days per single occurrence
6. Any other absence that is not one of the recognized absences