Absences and Attendance
Regular school attendance is essential for a student to make the most of his or her education – to benefit from teacher-led and school activities, to build on the previous day’s learning, and to grow as an individual. Absences from class may result in serious disruption of a student’s mastery of the instructional materials; therefore, the parent and student should make every effort to avoid unnecessary absences.
Signing Your Student Out
If your student needs to leave campus after the school day has officially started, you will need to check them out in the front office; for your student’s safety, please be prepared to show your photo ID. Please fill out the student sign out log completely, including your student’s ID#, student name, your signature, time out and reason. If your student returns to campus the same day, they will sign back in on the same. You are welcome to walk your student in on their return but it is not necessary. Please keep in mind that the sign out/in log does not qualify as a parent note.
Students signed out after 8:20 am or before 3:00 pm will incur an absence for their time off campus.
If you send a friend or family member to pick up your student, the person must be on your student’s emergency contact list, please contact our registrar, Vanessa Antu (Vanessa.Antu@pfisd.net), to make any needed adjustments to your emergency contact list. Electronic communication must come from the email address we have on file for your student and include the following information – student name, birthdate of student, person’s name to be added and their contact phone number.
Focus Parent Portal
If you feel your student has received an absence that is a mistake, please contact the teacher for that class period. The teacher will then contact the attendance office with a correction or explain why the student received the absence. This request must be made within 1 week of the absence that you are inquiring about.
You can determine which period has the absence by logging on to Focus Parent Portal and looking on the absences tab. This will show you the date and which period the absence occurred. It also shows you the code and what the code means.
If you are not on the Focus Parent Portal, it is highly recommended that you sign up for it; there is a lot of valuable information there. To sign up, please contact Vanessa Antu, Kelly Lane Registrar, to start the process for access.