Ditto Lunch Schedule

Kindergarten: 10:30 – 11:00

First Grade: 11:35 – 12:05

Second Grade: 12:50 – 1:20 (Snack 11:00)

Third Grade: 10:55 – 11:25

Fourth Grade: 12:25 – 12:55

Fifth Grade: 12:00 – 12:25

Sixth Grade: 11:15 – 11:35

STUDENT ATTENDANCE POLICY

Rationale

More than 95.5% of all Arlington students attend school on a regular basis. As a result, these students tend to achieve better grades, seek an active involvement in activities on campus, and learn the skills necessary to attain success after leaving our school district. Punctuality and self-discipline are expected of all students and adults responsible for our students. Know your child’s schedule and check with the school if you have any concerns regarding your child’s attendance or punctuality.

Grades Prek-8

Students in grades PK-8 must adhere to the 90% attendance law. These classes are not on a block schedule; however, 90% attendance in each class or subject offered is mandatory. Nine absences or more per semester exceeds the 90% attendance requirement. If a student fails to attend 90% of the days, credit can be lost and promotion to the next grade may be in jeopardy.

Compulsory School Attendance

Texas Education Code Sections 25.085(a) and (b) states that a child who is at least six years of age, or who is younger than six years of age and has previously been enrolled in first grade, and has not reached the child’s 18th birthday shall attend school each school day for the entire period the program of instruction is provided. Upon enrollment in pre-kindergarten or kindergarten, a child shall attend school under the same 90% attendance rules as all other students.

Tardies

Tardiness to individual classes shall be handled by the teacher of that class. Each group of three unexcused tardies within the same six weeks equals one unexcused absence. The teacher will count an unexcused tardy in excess of five minutes as an unexcused absence. Exceptions to these guidelines can be found in the campus student handbook.

  • First Semester has 81 days
  • Second semester has 96 days

Absences

If any parent of a school age child fails to send the child to school as required by law, a warning shall be issued by the school and/or the attendance officer that attendance is immediately required. If, after a warning the parent fails to send the child to school as required by law and the child has unexcused voluntary absences, the parent commits an offense. Family Code § 51 .03(b)(2). . Education Code §25.093 The parent and/or child shall be prosecuted if the child fails to attend school without excuse on 10 or more days or parts of days within a six month period in the same school year or on three or more days or parts of days within a four-week period from school. Education Code §25.094 (a)(1)(2) The district attendance officer may file a complaint in court against the parent or child when truancy occurs. Fines range from $120 to $500 (per day) that the child remains truant from school. Other results of truancy are:

  1.  Loss of VOE (TEA) forms necessary for driver’s education (less than 90% attendance)
  2. Suspension of a child’s driver’s license or permit or if the child does not have a license or permit, to deny the issuance of a license or permit for a period of 365 days or until age 19, whichever is longer. , Family Code §54.042, Education Code §25.094(c),)
  3. Referral to juvenile probation department for a child in need of supervision , Family Code) §51.03(b)(2)
  4. A warrant for the arrest of a parent and/or student may be issued.

Parental Consent Required

A student planning to leave campus during the school day is required to provide written consent from parent/guardian prior to leaving. It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to call the school each day of absence by 10:00 a.m. to explain the absence of the student. The purpose in notifying the school is to promote that both the school and the family are aware that we can account for each student. All absences not cleared within twenty-four hours are unexcused. Upon the student’s return, It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian of a secondary student to call the school by 10:00 a.m. to explain the absence. If the student had a medical appointment, the note shall be turned into the appropriate attendance office. The parent or guardian of an elementary student is encouraged to send a written note on the first day the student returns to school.

Decisions on Absences/Tardies

An unexcused absence/tardy is subject to disciplinary action. It is extremely important that students and parents realize the decision of determining excused and unexcused absence/tardies rests solely in the hands of the campus administration. Any absence or tardy, regardless of the number, will be considered and dealt with on its own merit.

Attendance Committee Hearing

Classroom teachers shall comprise a majority of the attendance committee. The attendance committee shall hear each case in which a student’s attendance falls below the 90% threshold and a petition by the student or his or her parent or legal guardian has been filed. The committee may give class credit to a student because of extenuating circumstances according to policies adopted by the Board that establish ways for a student to make up work or regain credit lost because of absences. (Board Policy FDD (Local)]

Unexcused Absences

Grading Students who miss school without having an excused absence may not receive credit for work in the class missed during the unexcused absence.

Make-Up-Work

A student whose absence is excused shall be allowed a reasonable time to make up schoolwork missed. It is the student’s responsibility to secure assignments and to make up all work due to excused/extenuating circumstances. Failure to complete such assignments within a reasonable time will result in a zero for such assignments. AISD defines a reasonable length of time to be one day for each day missed with an excused absence.

Denial of Privilege

Parents who fail to pick up the requested assignment may be denied this courtesy by the building principal or designee. Students should complete a reasonable amount of the assignments by their return to school and fully complete all make-up work within the allotted time. Parents and students should know that if a reasonable amount of work sent home is not completed, this courtesy may be denied by the building principal or designee. [Board Policy FDD(R)] Students who have work assigned to them on a schedule basis, such as term papers, projects, etc., should have the work ready on due date even with an excused absence. An academic penalty (the deduction of points) may be imposed for work not submitted on the due date. [Board Policy FDD (R)] Parents should understand that certain types of schoolwork cannot be assigned to the home because of explanations by the teacher needed by the student. [Board Policy FDD(R)]

Extenuating Circumstances

  1. Observing religious holy days including travel when such absence is required for the exercise of a student’s religious beliefs. The parent/guardian or person having control of the student should contact the school in accordance with the district attendance policy. The extenuating circumstance provision applies to holy days, which are tenets of the religion. This provision does not apply to retreats, conventions, youth group activities, etc., unless such activities are required by the tenets of the students religion.
  2. Temporary absence resulting from health care professionals (if the student returns on the same day of the appointment with documented re-entry slip from the doctor’s office). NOTE: AISD requests that parents make every effort to schedule doctor’s appointments either before or after normal school hours; otherwise, a student should schedule appointments with the goal of minimizing time lost away from academic instruction. The attendance office is to receive an entry permit.
  3. Legitimate days of illness. Excessive days or three consecutive days of illness require a physician’s statement.
  4. Days out on school-sponsored activities.
  5. Serious family emergency.
  6. Death in the immediate family.
  7. Participation in court proceeding or a child abuse/neglect investigation in accordance with Section 37.056 of the Texas Education Code (relating to court-related students).
  8. Disaster, flood, extreme weather condition, fuel curtailment, or other calamity resulting in the closing of schools.
  9. Days missed by a runaway as defined by Texas Family Code §51.03 (relating to Delinquent Conduct; Conduct Indicating a Need for Supervision). A police runaway case number is required.
  10. Other unusual circumstances acceptable to the building principal or superintendent.

Vacation/Business Trips

Vacation or business trips are not recognized by the state as acceptable reasons for students being out of school and will be treated as unexcused. Therefore, these days should be planned only for school holidays that do not disrupt student learning or cause loss of credit.