Things to know
- Absences may be excused for three reasons:
- personal illness
- death in the immediate family
- school related absence
- You do not need to call in your student’s absence. You are required to submit a parent or doctor note to the Attendance Office in the 1200 building within 48 hours of the student’s return from absence. If it is easier, you may email email@example.com or fax the note to 464-6190, attn: Vicky Sulaica.
If a student is absent due to illness for five consecutive days or more, a doctor’s note is required.
- Parents/Guardians signing their student out of school, can sign their student out at either the 1200 Main Office located off Deep Wood Drive or the 100 Main Office located off North Lake Creek Drive. Phone calls, emails and faxes are not accepted for early pick ups. Student safety is a top concern and these forms of communication do not meet the standard for us to verify guardianship.
- Parents/Guardians who wish to expedite the process of signing their students out of school can send a note 48 hours in advance to the Attendance Specialist, Vicky Sulaica, via their student. Ms. Sulaica is located in the 1200 Main Office. This gives us an opportunity to contact you, the parent/guardian, and verify guardianship. In your note, give us a daytime phone number, the date, time and building (100 or 1200 Main Office) where you would like your student to be waiting.
- Should you receive an attendance letter, please contact the number provided on the letter for any questions/concerns you may have.
- The attendance specialist cannot change a teacher’s attendance. You must contact the teacher that can verify a student’s attendance
- Students that arrive 10 minutes or more late to class are counted absent. Only the teacher can tell if the student was present during any portion of the class period.
- Juniors and Seniors can have 2 absences due to college visits per year. These visits will not affect exemptions or credit but must be documented with a note from the college and submitted within 48 hours of visit.
- Excused absences can still result in loss of credit or loss of exemption status. The only absences that do not count toward exemptions are school-related activities, religious observances, doctor appointments, and college visits.
- Excessive Absences can result in any, or all, of the following:
- Loss of credit for a class, regardless of grade
- Truancy charges filed against the student
- Denial of TEA Verification of Enrollment (VOE) form
- Denial of exam exemptions
- If you need to request a VOE form, do so in the student’s Assistant Principal’s office. Please expect a 24 hour turnaround.
- For additional attendance information, please refer to pages 37-45 of your 2014-2015 Secondary Student-Parent Handbook.
|Attendance Specialist: Vicky Sulaica(Se habla espanol), 464-6051|
-Records all absence notes (doctors, college visits, parent notification, etc.), makes changes to attendance at the request of supervising teacher.
|Truancy Prevention Specialist: Robin Mantia, 464-6023|
-notifies students and parents of excessive absences that may result in a required court appearance, files truancy cases on behalf of RRHS administration, represents RRHS in court for truancy cases.
|High School Completion Specialist: Diane Wills, 464-6293|
-provides assistance to families and students to access community social services, help students stay enrolled in school or re-enroll in RRHS to obtain a high school diploma.