Reporting an absence
When you need to report a student absence please send an email or call Mrs. Scranton. Students have 2 days to turn in absence notes. After 2 days the absence cannot be excused unless there is a doctor's note.
If a student was marked absent in error, the student needs to speak directly with the teacher of that class. They can speak to them in person or via email. We can not make adjustments to a student's attendance without hearing directly from the teacher.
MISD Attendance Recovery
MISD attendance recovery measures are intended to allow students who are in attendance for at least 75% but less than 90% of the days a class is offered an opportunity to earn credit or a final grade for a course. Both excused and unexcused absences are counted towards this compulsory attendance guideline.
Attendance recovery measures may be applied at the discretion of the campus administrator who may consider each student’s individual situation (including grade, number of absences, family situation, etc.) in determining what measures to adopt and how to best provide missed instruction. These measures are documented in a principal’s plan and may be subject to review by an attendance committee.
Attendance recovery measures outlined in a principal’s plan may include, but are not limited to:
Before and/or after school instruction
Assigned lessons through an LMS
An attendance committee, of which classroom teachers shall comprise a majority of the membership, may give class credit or a final grade to a student because of extenuating circumstances.
Student release during the school day
If you need to pick your student up during the school day please send an email to Mrs. Scranton with your student's first and last name and what time you need your student released and they will be issued a SmartPass. Please give advance notice; at minimum 30 minutes prior to your students release release time.
Remember that if you are coming into the school to pick up your student please bring a valid photo ID. Students cannot be released with a phone call.
CHECK IN AND OUT PROCEDURES
If your student arrives late to campus or returns to campus after an appointment, they MUST check in with the attendance office prior to going to class.
Any planned absence over 3 days requires Administrator approval. Please email Mrs. Scranton and Mrs. Tipton at least 1 week in advance for approval. Per TEA, students are required to be in attendance for 90% of the semester. If a student exceeds the number of absences allowed per class, the student will be in Attendance Violation and must attend tutoring in order to receive credit for classes.
College Visit Days for Juniors and Seniors
Juniors and Seniors are allowed two College Visit days per school year. The student should receive a letter from the college on letterhead showing they were there for an official visit. When student returns to Heritage please bring that letter to the attendance office. A college visit does not count toward the absences allowed by TEA.