• Click HERE for Student Absence Note for parents to use.

             CLIC AQUI para obtener una nota de Justificacion de Ausencia para Estudiante para uso de los padres.


    Attendance for Credit: According to Texas State law, each student must be in attendance 90% of the days the class is offered. The implementation of the Attendance for Credit Initiative is to ensure that all students are in attendance 90% of the time a class is offered to certify successful accrual of final grade. 

    The state also mandates our district to request that parents/guardians complete and sign the General Attendance Agreement Pledge. The pledge is to be submitted to the campus as soon as possible.

    Campus Attendance Policy

    7:30am Student admission & breakfast begins

    8:00am Instruction begins

    8:05am Tardy

    10:30AM - 2:30pm Early Release requests Email GHAttendance@dallasisd.org and student's Teacher at least 2 hours in advance with the name of the pick-up designee, phone number, date, & time of pick-up.  

    3:20pm Dismissal

    Student attendance notes may be submitted in person or to GHAttendance@dallasisd.org.  

    Excuse notes must contain the following information.

    • Student's name
    • Reason for absence
    • Date(s) of absence
    • Parent contact number and email

    Documentation must be submitted within 3 days of a student's return to school. Receipt of attendance documentation and attendance update may be viewed within 72 hours via your Parent Portal account. 

    Attendance Definitions



    When to Use


    Excused Absence

    A student has been absent and returns with a note from the parent/guardian.


    Unexcused Absence

    A student has been absent and does not provide a signed note from the parent/guardian.



    Student arrives in the classroom after the tardy bell has finished ringing.


    Excessive Tardy

    (Elementary only)

    For truancy purposes, any time a student has a partial day unexcused absence of 20 or more minutes in duration. For example, if they arrive excessively tardy or if they are picked up early without good cause.


    Visited Health Care Provider

    A student is temporarily absent due to a documented appointment with a healthcare professional. The student must attend some part of the day of absence and provide a document such as a note from the health care professional.



    A student misses school for the purpose of attending a required court appearance. Travel shall be limited to one day for travel to and one day for travel from the site. Acceptable forms of documentation include a copy of a pleading or other document filed with the court, a notice from the court clerk regarding a hearing or trial date, a jury summons, a subpoena, to participate in an activity ordered by a court under the Texas Family Code, Chapter 262 or Chapter 263, provided that scheduling the participation outside of school hours is not practicable.


    Holy Day

    Student misses school for the purpose of observing religious holy days, including traveling for that purpose. Travel shall be limited to one day for travel to and one day for travel from the site.


    Citizenship Application/Ceremony

    Student misses for the purpose of appearing at a governmental office to complete required paperwork in connection with the student’s application for United States citizenship OR taking part in the student’s own United States naturalization oath ceremony, including travel for that purpose. Travel shall be limited to not more than one day for travel to and one day for travel from the site.