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Attendance Update

Wildcat Families, 

We are off to a great start this school year!  Time is passing by very quickly, and the first quarter grading period will end in two weeks.  Although our students have had to overcome many challenges this school year, it has been great to see them learn and grow on a daily basis. 

As the grading period comes close to ending, we have analyzed our school data and noticed a trend with our student attendance rate.  We have seen a 10 percent decrease in the total number of students that attend school regularly.  This number is alarming because attendance directly impacts student achievement.  When students are absent from school, they miss out on an opportunity to learn from their teachers.  The more days students miss, the harder it is for them to keep up with classroom assignments.  Excessive absences lead to low grades, underachievement, and a feeling of being disconnected from the school environment.  

You play a vital role in your child’s academic success, and the first step towards academic success is establishing excellent attendance habits.  Here are some suggestions to help establish these habits: 

  • Make sure your child keeps a regular bedtime routine and has a morning routine.  
  • Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session.  
  • Post school calendars and schedules in a visible place for the entire family to see.  
  • Communicate with your child’s teachers and academic counselor on a regular basis. 
  • Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up.  Call on a family member, neighbor, or another parent to take your child to school.   
  • Encourage your child to participate in school activities.

It is important for you to know that some of our attendance policies have changed since last school year.  Students can no longer be counted present by simply signing into Google Classroom when they are away from school.  Students must physically be in class in order to be counted present. (This does not apply to students enrolled in the Angleton Virtual Academy or students participating in Remote Conferencing.

Understanding Texas compulsory attendance laws is also vitally important for parents.  State law requires students to attend school each day that instruction is provided.  Both the child and parent are responsible for unexcused absences.  A student with excessive unexcused absences may be required to attend truancy court, and parents may be criminally charged or fined if their child continues to miss school.  

We are also required to comply with the 90 percent rule, which states that students must attend class for 90 percent of the time in order to receive credit or a final grade for each class.  That means your child can only miss 7 days during the first semester and 9 days during the second semester.  If they miss more than the allotted days, they will not receive credit for their classes, even if they have a 100 for a final average.

We look forward to working with you to help your child succeed in school.  Please let us know how we can help your child have excellent grades and attendance.  If we continue to work together and strive for growth, we can create the momentum we need to have the best school year ever!  

Sincerely, 

Anthony Smedley

Angleton High School Principal