• Attendance, Tardies, and Absences

    Your child’s academic success is very important to us. For that to happen, his/her attendance in class is extremely important. We wanted to make sure everyone is aware of the attendance policy, as the state law is very clear on which absences are excused.

    The first bell of the day rings at 7:30. A student is counted tardy if he/she is not in the classroom when the tardy bell rings (7:40 a.m. for Denton ISD elementary schools). Excessive tardiness may become a matter for the attendance officers.  These are considered Loss of Significant Instructional Time (LOSIT) and can be addressed by the court the same as unexcused absences.  Leaving school early (being signed out prior to dismissal) is also considered a LOSIT.  If a child must leave early due to a medical/dental appt, please bring in the note from the doctor so it can be excused.

    The following is a list of absences approved by the State of Texas and Denton ISD. Each absence requires proper documentation.

    • Medical Illness
    • Death and/or serious illness of an immediate family member
    • Sounding "Taps" at a military funeral
    • Religious holy days
    • Medical appointment, screening, etc.
    • Required court appearance
    • Board approved extracurricular activities
    • Deployment of immediate family member
    • Family emergencies (approved by administrator)
    • Absences required by state or local welfare authorities
    • Quarantine
    • Approved college visits (juniors and seniors only)
    • Service as an election clerk
    • Activities related to obtaining US citizenship

    All other absences, unless approved by an administrator, will be unexcused. Failure to turn in notes will result in an unverified absence. Regardless of the reason, documentation is required for every absence. According to the Compulsory Attendance Law, an accumulation of three unexcused absences in a four-week period or 10 unexcused absences in a six-month period may result in the issuance of a district attendance warning letter, and possible future court action.

     A student absent five or more consecutive days because of a personal illness must bring a statement from a doctor or health clinic verifying the illness or condition that caused the student’s extended absence from school.

     If a student has excessive absences, the superintendent’s designee, the campus attendance committee and/or the court may require a doctor’s note for all future absences for the remainder of the school year.

    Denton ISD policy states that a note must be sent within 3 school days of the child returning to school in order to excuse an absence Please see the student code of conduct for complete details. Make sure the note has your child's full name, dates of the absences, reason for the absence, and your signature and date. If a note is turned in after 3 school days, the absence will be considered un­excused. Notes with all information included can be emailed to mcnairnotes@dentonisd.org. If you have any other questions, please call our office at 940-369-3600 for clarification.