Steps to Follow in Case of Absence
- To report an absence, a parent/guardian must call the CHS attendance office at 817-949-5609 each day their student will not be in school.
- When returning to school after an absence, the student should provide the attendance office with a written note, dated and signed by the parent/guardian or a note from a doctor/dentist office. Notes can also be faxed to 817-949-5656.
- Students/parents/guardians should refer to Canvas (on www.southlakecarroll.edu) for information about homework, deadlines, tests, resources and teacher contact information. No student work will be given prior to an absence.
Excessive Absences/Loss of Credit
Attendance is taken for every class (or block) during the school day for every student. Per the Texas Education Association (TEA), students must be in attendance 90% of the time each class is offered.
What does 90% equate to? A high school student is allowed 8 unexcused absences in a double-block class (a class that meets every day) and 4 unexcused absences in a single-block class (a class that meets every other day) per semester.
What absences are considered excused by the TEA? Doctor’s appointments if office note is provided; Religious Holy Days if parent/religious institution note is provided; and court/legal proceedings if documentation is provided.
What happens if a student has more than the allowed absences per course? The student must make up the time either in school tutorials or Friday Night Live.
What happens if a student does not make up the time? Students may be denied high school credit for that course.
9th & 10th Grade students must enter classrooms by 8:00 am when classes start. All students must sign in at the attendance office if they arrive at 8:01 am or after to receive a pass. Students who arrive more than 20 minutes late to any class will be considered absent for the entire period.
9th Grade students. Parent/guardians of 9th graders must physically sign their student out at the attendance office for early dismissal. If someone other than a parent/guardian is picking up a student, that person must be listed on the family's emergency contact list located in Family Access. Parents/guardians must contact the attendance office if a person - not on their emergency contact list - is picking up their child. The office is required to make a copy of that person's driver's license in order for the student to be released and that person needs to sign the student out.
10th Grade students. As we know, many of our 10th graders drive, therefore they are permitted to sign-out with the attendance office for an early dismissal provided parents/guardians have notified the attendance office in writing. The note from parents requesting an early dismissal must be dated/signed and dropped off at the attendance office first thing in the morning. We will then provide the student with a pass to return to the attendance office at the early dismissal time to sign-out and exit the campus. If your 10th grader is returning that day, please ensure they sign in at the attendance office upon return so their attendance record will be noted properly.
FYI, for our students’ safety, it is important that they sign in when arriving late or sign out when leaving early. Students who do not comply with this safety measure will be referred to the Assistant Principal’s office per the CHS Handbook.
Kathleen Carrabine, Attendance Secretary