Attendance Error Question?
If you find your student attendance is in error, please go to Home Access Center and hover over the date in question. In a few seconds it will show you the period (Ex: 01, 02 etc.) in which the teacher marked your student absent. Please email or call the teacher directly to inquire about the absence. When the attendance office receives an email correction from the teacher, the attendance will be corrected. Please do not contact the Attendance Office as she cannot change any attendance. Corrections must come from the teacher of record.
Reporting an Absence
We are no longer accepting emails or phone calls as acceptable documentation of a student’s absence. Upon the student’s return to school, a written note from the parent/guardian is required. The note should contain the student’s first and last name, grade, date(s) of absence, reason for the absence and signed by the parent / guardian. For more information about reporting absences, please refer to the Parent / Student handbook.
Partial day absences due to medical appointments are excused by TEA when the student is in attendance for the remainder of the school day. A doctor’s note is required as well as sign-in/out at our front desk. The excuse may be turned into the office by the student.
Arriving Late to School
Sign-in at the front office is required as part of the attendance record for all students who arrive late to school. The student should bring a parent’s note explaining the reason for arriving late, or a school excuse from a doctor’s office. Parents are required to accompany students at sign-in.
Leaving School Early
A parent or guardian must be present to sign out students who leave campus during school hours. A parent signature and the reason for leaving are required. Please allow sufficient time for sign-out procedures. Keep in mind that the parking lot will be very congested with buses and carpools by 3:20 p.m.
During school hours, students may be released to parents or legal guardians only, unless written authorization is provided. Written permission should include the full name of the person authorized, the student’s full name, the date and reason for leaving, and the parent’s telephone numbers. Older siblings sent to pick up a student must also have written permission from their parents, even if they are already listed as an emergency contact. A photo ID will be required in both cases.
School attendance is mandated by state law. The only excused absences are personal illness, death in the immediate family (parent, sibling, grandparent, or a member of the immediate household), or school related absence. All other absences, including partial day, will be considered unexcused.
When an extended absence is anticipated, please send a note to the attendance office with details including the dates and the reason for the absence, the student’s full name, grade, and the parent’s / guardian’s name and telephone number.
Automated Absence Calls
RRISD central office manages an automated call system to contact parents for all absences, including partial day absences. This helps to resolve truancy problems. No follow-up is required if you have already notified the office of the absence, or if you have signed in/out at the front office.