Regular attendance in all classes is an expectation of all Gorzycki Middle School students. To avoid any issues with attendance please abide by the following standards to ensure your child’s success at Gorzycki.
State of Texas 90% Rule
Texas State law, under section 25.085 and District policy state that a student in any grade level from Kindergarten through grade 12 shall not be given credit or a final grade for a class unless the student is in attendance 90 percent of the days the class is offered. Students who are out of compliance with state law due to excused or unexcused absences may be required to make up days. Any student who has more than 18 state reported absences in a school year will be required to make up days in order to get credit for the school year.
Texas Truancy Laws
Texas Education Code under Chapter 25 emphasizes the importance of your child attending school all day. Any absences must be excused by their school, and excessive unexcused absences could result in charges being brought against the parent and 12 year old student.
If a child has unexcused absences for 10 or more days or parts of days in a 6 month period the school may file charges on the student and/or parent.
If a child has unexcused absences for 3 or more days or parts of days in a 4 week period the school may file on the student and/or parent.
Warning letters will be sent if your student is missing a large number of days of school. If your student misses 9 or more days a semester the attendance committee will be holding a conference with you and your student to problem solve your student’s attendance issues.
Gorzycki’s Attendance Procedures
When returning to school after an absence for any reason, a student must bring a note to the attendance specialist in the front office, signed by the parent, describing the reason for the absence. An email from the parent, sent to the attendance officer, explaining the student’s absence will also be accepted. All notes for absences must be submitted within 48 hours of the student’ s return to school in order for the absence to be excused. Failure to submit notes in this time frame will result in the absence remaining unexcused in the student’s attendance record.
Medical Appointment: When returning from a medical appointment, a signed note from the doctor is required.
Illness: If a student has been out more than 5 days because of illness the parent note must be accompanied by a doctor’ s note/receipt , in order for the extra days to be excused. Additionally, the school will accept up to 5 parent notes for illnesses during the course of the school year. After
5 parent notes, the student will be required to submit a doctor’s note for any other illnesses (regardless of the number of days out) for the remainder of the school year in order for the absences to be excused.
Family Emergencies: We all have family situations that arise and Gorzycki Middle School is sensitive to that. Please explain as clearly as you can the nature of your family emergency in order for the absence to be excused. Excusing absences for family emergencies will be decided on a case
by case basis with the final decision made by administration.
Funerals and Weddings: Students will be excused up to two consecutive school days for family weddings and funerals. We realize that sometimes travel for these special events will keep a student out longer, and extra days for absences will occur. Again, the administration will determine whether any extra days required for attending a family funeral or wedding will be excused.
Family Vacations and Out of Town Trips: School days missed due to family vacations, out of town trips, taking extra days to extend the weekend and time taken off for non-AISD extracurricular activities will not be excused.
Attendance Specialist - Tami Cravatt 841-8607
Assistant Principal Counselors
Scott Kvapil 6th Grade Zulma Hernandez
Casey Ryan 7th Grade Patti Hodges
Jim Campbell 8th Grade Lauren Johnson