Houston Independent School District is dedicated to academic achievement and success for all scholars. Regular student attendance is critically important. Students who are absent lose instructional seat time, creating a lost opportunity to learn, ask questions, and engage in class activities.
In accordance with Texas Education Code Section 25.092 (Attendance for Credit 90% Rule), a student any grade level from kindergarten through grade 12 shall not be given credit or final grade for a class unless the student is in attendance 90% of the days in which the class is offered.
HISD needs your help and collaboration by ensuring the following is done if your child will be absent, late, or leaving early from school:
Keep Students Healthy – Make sure your child gets enough sleep, eats well, and exercises. If you are not certain whether to send your child to school due to illness, call your campus nurse or attendance clerk to discuss the situation. If your child must miss more than three days of school, please contact your campus as soon as possible; medical verification may be required.
Keep Connected – Upon return, please call the school or send a letter/email explaining the reason for the absence. If your child was in need medical attention, please provide a licensed doctor or physician note.
Read more about the updated attendance policy and how this change will affect your student on your school’s website.