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Attendance FAQs

Q: What do I need to do when my student is going to be out for a college visit?
A: First, make sure to fill out the LHS Absence Form (linked here and on the main Parent Resources Page) for the days your student will be out. Then, please remind your student to get a letter of attendance from the College they visit.  It will need to have the official letterhead, the date of the tour, and the student's name.  This will give us the documentation to code the absence as a college visit.  Contact the attendance office if you have any questions. Hope it is a great visit!
Q: How many college visits do the students get a year that are excused?
A: The students are allowed 2 official college visits a year for Junior and Senior years.  Freshmen and Sophomores are not allowed official college visits.  Travel time is not excused, only the day of the visit is excused.
Q: If I send in a parent note, will the absence be excused?
A: No, all parent notes are considered unexcused absences by the state of Texas. However, please still send in the notes, as these allow us to know the reason for the student's absence.
Q: If my student is out for a club sport activity or off-campus PE activities/competitions, will these absences be excused?
A: No, these absences are not excused as they are not UIL-related sports or competitions. These will be considered parent notes.
Q: If my student has already taken/doesn't have a final exam during their final exam period, do they need to come to school on the day of the final?
A: Yes, whether students have a final exam or not, they are required to be in class every day of finals week. If they are not, they will be counted absent and this absence will count toward their total absences for the year.
Q: My student is feeling ill and will need to go home. What do I need to do to ensure that they are excused and the school still gets funding?
A: If you are checking your student out for an illness, please have them go by the nurse first. If the nurse sends them home their absence will be excused. Also, if you go to the doctor, make sure to submit the note to [email protected]
Q: Do virtual doctor visits count toward absence excusal?
A: Yes, if the doctor provides a note that specifies the student's name, as well as dates to excuse and the doctor's signature. Receipts from visits are not accepted.
Q: Is an appointment confirmation adequate for absence excusal?
A: In order for your student's absence to be excused for any appointments or events, you must provide proof of attendance to the event with dated documentation. 
If you do not see your question listed above, please reach out to the following email address: [email protected]