*Send all attendance related emails to attendanceDHS@fortbendisd.com


    All Day Absences


    1.         An absence is excused only if a note is received in the Attendance Office within five (5) days of the student’s return to school. 

    2.         If a student is absent for more than three consecutive days, a doctor's note must be submitted to excuse the additional days.

    3.         If a note is not received within five (5) days, the absence will be coded Unexcused.  A discipline consequence may be assessed, which could include truancy charges.

    4.         If a student misses half of a class, they are considered absent for that class. 

    5.         A student who has had surgery or been hospitalized should provide a physician's signed release to return to school. 

                The form should contain any restrictions or limitations regarding the student’s physical functioning capacity while in attendance at school. 

    6.        Parents must always show proof of ID when picking up a student, no exceptions! Please make sure your emergency contacts are up to date!


     Excuse Notes Must Include

    • Full name
    • Student ID
    • Grade Level
    • Date(s) of Absence
    • Reason for Absence
    • Parent contact info and signature


     *In an effort to go Paperless please Email ALL attendance related notes to attendanceDHS@fortbendisd.com


    Arriving Late to School

    •       Students arriving at school between 7:30 and 7:40 should go directly to first period classes.  They will be marked tardy by their first period teachers.
    •       Students arriving at school after 7:40 should report to the Attendance Office for a tardy pass.   Students who arrive after 7:50 have missed half of 1st period and are marked absent for period 1. 
    •       Students will not be allowed to repeatedly interrupt 1st period class due to their late arrival to school.  A student who is repeatedly tardy to period 1 may be subject to truancy consequences.


    Leaving School Early

    Students may leave school early for the following reasons:(LAST PICK-UP 2:30)

    • ·         Dental or doctor’s appointment
    • ·         A reason excused by any of the principals
    • ·         The student must present his/her note to the Attendance Office prior to first period. 
    •           Any student leaving school for any reason must check out at the attendance office or through the clinic, if ill.  Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action.


    Anticipated Absences

    When you know in advance that you will need to be absent, it is to your educational advantage to talk to your teachers and arrange to get your assignments ahead of time.  Notes for preplanned absences should be sent to the Assistant Principal at least three school days before the absences occur to determine if the absences will be excused. 

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