Attendance

Student Attendance

Attendance Matters

Excessive absences place your child at risk of losing credit for the semester or the year. State law requires at least 90 percent attendance which allows for only 9 absences each semester of the school year to gain credit or be promoted. Attendance levels below 95 percent also affect the programs which can be provided for students by lowering the district’s accountability ratings and funding levels. (TEC Section 25.092).

In addition, student attendance has a direct impact on a student’s ability to learn. In order for children to receive maximum educational benefits their regular attendance is absolutely essential. We must let you know that state law requires that any juvenile who is absent without an excuse for ten days or parts of days in a six month period, may be reported to the Justice of the Peace for violation of the compulsory attendance law of the State of Texas.

Reporting Absences 

If your student attends any part of a school day and has a note from a medical professional, he/she will be counted present. Please attempt to make appointments so that your student attends the majority of the school day.

Parent notes and medical notes can be sent into the campus attendance clerk to excuse your student’s absence. Please note that even if the absence is excused, it will still count against the State 90% rule.

If your child is still sick after the first three days, a note from a medical professional will be required to excuse any additional days during that illness. 

Click the buttons below to email the appropriate attendance clerk regarding your child's absence.
Igo Elementary Attendance Contact IGOAttendance@jarrellisd.orgJES attendance contact JESAttendance@jarrellisd.orgJMS Attendance Contact JMSAttendance@jarrellisd.orgJHS attendance contact JHSAttendance@jarrellisd.org










or email: JESattendance@jarrellisd.org; Igoattendance@jarrellisd.org; JMSattendance@jarrellisd.org; JHSattendance@jarrellisd.org

Tardies

The tardy policy is as follows: At JHS and JMS, 10 minutes tardy to any class = an unexcused absence. At Igo ES and Jarrell ES, 3 tardies and/or early pickups or combination of the two = 1 unexcused absence.

Warnings

When a combination of any three attendance issues (unexcused absences, tardies, or early pick-up) occur, a first warning letter will be sent home as well as campus stage 1 intervention with the parent and secondary student will occur.

A second letter will be sent home when six of any of the above mentioned attendance issues are reached as well as district stage 2 intervention with the parent and secondary student will occur. This will include a referral to NCC Truancy Diversion Program.

At nine attendance issues, a warning letter will be sent home.

When the 10th attendance issue is reached, the District will file a complaint against the parents of the truant student with the Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3. Any student 12 years old or older will be referred to the County Attorney’s office for review of truant behavior.

District Contact

Please help us give your child(ren) the best education possible by ensuring they are in regular attendance at school. If you have any questions, please contact 512-746-2124.

What to know about student attendance in during the 2020-21 school year:

During the 2020-21 school year, students have the option to attend school in-person (on-campus) or virtually through remote asynchronous learning. Under this plan, classroom attendance looks different:

  • Students may be marked absent when the teacher takes the initial attendance for the day, however the teacher will reconcile his or her attendance by 10 a.m. the next morning after they are able to determine the proper learning engagement by the student.
  • The campus attendance clerk will then reconcile attendance for the entire campus. Parents should allow 24 to 48 hours for attendance to reconcile if they have a remote asynchronous student participating in virtual learning.
  • Parents may get attendance notifications on Ascender Parent Portal, but please allow 24 to 48 hours for reconciliation purposes before contacting your student's teacher or campus. Teachers and campus staff are working hard to ensure the integrity of the attendance taking process for reporting to the state.
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