Excused/Exempt Absences §25.087

The Texas Education Code specifies absences that are allowable and considered as “excused” or “exempt.” A student whose absence is exempt under Subsections (b)-(c) described below may not be penalized for the absence.  Also, the district must allow the student a reasonable time to make up missed school work. If an absence is excused and the student successfully completes the missed school work, the student is included in average daily attendance for that day (present).  These absences include:

  • Observation of religious holy days
  • Required court proceeding documented by a probation officer, summons, court note, or Attendance Officer verification.
  • Activities related to obtaining United States citizenship: paperwork and naturalization oath ceremony.
  • A visit with a parent, stepparent or legal guardian who is an active duty member and has been called to duty, is on leave or immediately returned from continuous deployment (not to exceed five days).
  • Appointment with Department of Family and Protective Services participating in an activity ordered by the court or required under a service plan (foster parent note or caseworker note).
  • Temporary absence resulting from an appointment with a health care professional for the student or the student’s child if the student begins classes or returns to school on the same day as the appointment and supported by a valid note. Includes dental, mental health, and health-care practitioner generally recognized providing service for persons with autism spectrum disorder, including applied behavioral analysis, speech therapy, and occupational therapy.
  • Required screening, diagnosis, and treatment for Medicaid-eligible students.

Secondary Grade Levels Only

  • Service as an election clerk or early voting clerk if the student notifies his or her teachers and receives approval from the principal prior to the absences and makes up any work missed (maximum two days) FEA(LOCAL).
  • College visits- Junior and Senior students only. Maximum of 2 allowable days per year provided the student receives approval from the campus principal, follows the campus procedures to verify such a visit, and makes up any work missed. See board policy FEA (LOCAL).
  • Students sounding “Taps” at a military honors funeral (Grades 6-12 only).
  • Board-approved extracurricular activity. 

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