Bluebonnet Trail Elementary School

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Attendance » Attendance Information

Attendance Information

Bluebonnet Trail Elementary office opens at 6:30 a.m. Morning Assembly begins at 7:15 a.m. The first bell rings at 7:20 a.m. and the tardy bell rings at 7:30 a.m. Students are expected to be seated in the classroom, ready to work prior to the tardy bell. We encourage parents to see that children are at school each day and on time. Tardy students miss out on a vital portion of our day. Additionally, tardy students disrupt the learning of others when entering late.

Regular school attendance is vital to educational development. Appointments should be scheduled, if possible, at times when the student will not miss instructional time. Whenever a child is absent, parents must submit a note to their child's teacher providing information regarding the absence. Notes should include: the full name of the student, the date or dates the student was absent, the reason for the absence(s), and the signature of the parent or guardian.

Should a student be absent three or more consecutive days in duration, a signed note from the doctor should be submitted indicating the date of treatment and the date the student may return to school. Students should submit any absence notes to his/her classroom teacher for office submission with the written daily classroom attendance report. Please note, parents must submit any absence notes within five days of the absence.

Excused absences include: religious holy days; required court appearances; activities related to obtaining United States citizenship; service as an election clerk; documented health care appointments; and for students in the conservatorship (custody) of the state, mental health or therapy appointments or court-ordered family visitations. Additionally, absences of up to five days will be excused for a student to visit with a parent, stepparent, or legal guardian who has been called to duty for, is on leave from, or immediately returned from certain deployments.

According to the Texas Education Code, if a student is absent for ten (10) or more days or parts of days in a six month period, the student's parent/guardian is subject to prosecution. Additionally, a student may not be promoted unless the student is in attendance for at least 90 percent of the days enrolled. Therefore, if a student is absent 18 or more days (excused or unexcused absences) he/she may not be promoted to the next grade level.