• Missed School? What to do when your student is absent with email and hand holding pen icon

Missed School?

  • Within 5 school days after the absence:

    • Email an absence note to the school's attendance clerk
    • Turn in the absence note once the student returns to school

    Absence notes must be received by the Attendance Office within 5 days of returning to school, or it will result in an unexcused absence. Parents can attach supporting documents, such as doctor's notes, to absence note emails.

Attendance Policies and Procedures

  • The district attendance policies and procedures can be found in the FBISD Student/Parent Handbook 

    Tardies/Arriving Late to School

    • Students are considered tardy if they arrive after 8:10 am. If the student arrives after 10:00 a.m. (official attendance time), the student will be marked absent.


    Leaving School Early

    Parents and students must adhere to the following procedures:

    • No student may be picked up within 45 minutes of dismissal.
    • Please email the Attendance Office prior to 2:30 pm, so we can have your child ready for pickup.
    • For your student's safety, parents/guardians picking up the students MUST be on that student's emergency contact list and have a valid picture ID.

About Absences

  • When is an absence excused?

    • FBISD extracurricular activities
    • Illness and medical appointments
    • Required court appearances
    • Religious holy days
    • Activities related to obtaining
    • United States citizenship

    Submitting an Excuse Note:

    • Notes must be turned in no later than five days upon returning to school
    • Notes should be given to the school’s Attendance Clerk. Email messages are acceptable, send to Attendance.rpe@fortbendisd.com.
    • A medical note can be scanned and emailed directly to the campus.

    Excuse notes should always include:

      • Student’s full name
      • Student’s ID number
      • Today’s date
      • Date(s) of absence
      •  Reason for absence
      • Parent contact information

    As a reminder, when a student is out for 4 or more consecutive school days, a doctor’s note is required to excuse the absences.



Elementary School Attendance Counts!

  • Daily attendance in school is a strong indicator of future success.

    Per the Student Attendance Accounting Handbook provided by Texas Education Agency, a student is considered either present or absent at the official attendance-taking time, known as snapshot.

    Each campus attendance is determined by the number of students present at this important designated snapshot time. The elementary school snapshot time is 10:00 a.m.

    To ensure academic engagement and successful learning, all students should be present daily by snapshot and remain academically engaged all day.