• CLICK HERE for the Student Absence Note template for parent use.

    HAGA CLIC AQUÍ para obtener una plantilla de Nota de Ausencia del Estudiante para uso de los padres.

    NEW ATTENDANCE EMAIL: GHAttendance@dallasisd.org

    Our campus has been streamlined for student attendance accountability and processing. 

    Campus Attendance Policy

    7:30am Student admission & breakfast begins

    8:00am Instruction begins

    10:30AM - 2:30pm Early Release requests (See campus guidelines and procedures below)

    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
    • DOB or Student ID
    • Reason for absence
    • Date(s) of absence
    • Parent/Guardian Name
    • Parent contact number or 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. 

    Early Release Request Guidelines and Procedures

    A request for early release by Parent/Legal Guardian must be provided in writing to the main office or emailed to Ms. Carbajal, MCarbajal@dallasisd.org, two hours prior to the student’s need to leave campus.

    Students shall not be released from school at times other than regular dismissal hours except with the permission of the principal. We ask that appointments be scheduled outside of school hours as much as reasonably possible. Unless the principal has granted approval because of extenuating circumstances, a student will not regularly be released before the end of the instructional day. No student may be excused during school hours for private lessons of any nature.

    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.



    Students arrive 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.