• Types of Absences and Consequences

    There are 3 types of absences:

    1.    Excused and exempt.  This includes health care professional appointments, court appearances, DFPS appointments and religious holidays, provided the proper documentation is turned in.  The absence is excused and exempt from counting against the student for truancy and the number of absences to be exempt from a course final, where applicable.

    2.    Excused but not exempt.  This includes parent notes for any reason, such as illness, funerals, car troubles, etc.  The absence is excused but will count against the student for truancy and the number of absences to be exempt from a course final, where applicable.

    3.    Unexcused and not exempt.  This includes any absence for which no documentation is turned in. It will count against the student for truancy and the number of absences to be exempt from a course final, where applicable.

     If a student has an excessive number of absences, parents and students can be filed on for truancy court.  Excessive is defined as 3 or more in a 4 week period, 10 or more in a 6 month period, or 18 or more in a school year.  Warning letters are sent to the parent / guardian during the process before filing in court.  In all cases, Kelly Lane Middle School will apply discretion and attempt to work with any unusual family circumstances.  Any concerns regarding your student’s absences should be discussed with the appropriate grade level principal.