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Katy Independent School District

West Memorial Junior High

​Attendance

Helen Helm

281-237-6405

Helenjhelm@Katyisd.org

Attendance Clerk

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​Student Absences and Make-up Work

​​As indicated in the student handbook, located on our website under Campus - Publications & Documents, it states:

"Make-up work can be requested prior to the student's return to school only for absences for illness of more than 2 days or for certain special approved absences. Please consider that if the student is ill, it is unlikely the student will be able to complete all missed new assignments while at home. The illness will generally deplete the student's energy levels and ability to concentrate. It is recommended that assignments for math and only one other course be requested. The new assignments for other courses can be requested upon return. Parents requesting assignments should do so by contacting the counselor's office. If you do request assignments for parent pick-up, please be sure to come by the school before 3:00pm to pick them up."

Notifying the Campus of Student Absences

As indicated in the student handbook, located on our website under Campus - Publications & Documents, it states:

“Failure to establish parent telephone or personal contact with the school on the date of absence or to provide a written note to the Attendance Office within three days of absence will result in an unexcused absence. Such lapse in notification may trigger a compulsory attendance notification and/or court warning notification.”  You may email attendance at helenjhelm@katyisd.org or phone 281-237-6405.

Compulsory Attendance Rules​

District guidelines state:

"Unexcused absences occurring after the five-day grace period will be used to determine when the student will be filed on in court. Any time after the grace period expires and the student receives an unexcused absence, the student may be given one (1) school day as a grace period to bring appropriate documentation to change the unexcused absence. After the one-day grace period elapses, the computer record should not be altered at the home campus."

As indicated in the student handbook, located on our website under Campus - Publications & Documents, it states:

“When a student’s absence for personal illness exceeds five (5) consecutive days, the student must return to school with a statement from a physician or health clinic verifying the illness or other condition requiring the student’s extended absence from school. A student who has been absent a total of eight (8) cumulative days will be required to bring a note from a physician or health clinic verifying the illness or other condition. In either of the above instances, all future absences will also require a note from a physician or health clinic or the student may be taken to school to be assessed by the nurse in an effort to determine whether any symptoms of communicable illness exist that would prevent the student from attending class. Once a student is required to provide a note from a health care professional for future absences, failure to do so will result in an unexcused absence.”

Early Dismissal and Late Arrival

As indicated in the student handbook, located on our website under Campus - Publications & Documents, it states:

“If a student is leaving school early, a note signed by a parent/guardian should be brought to the Attendance Office in the morning. The note needs to state the reason and time the child is leaving. The student will be given an early dismissal slip. The student will show the early dismissal slip to the appropriate teacher and go to the Attendance Office at the designated time to meet his parent. If someone other than a parent/guardian is to pick up a student, the note should include the name of the person who is picking the student up.”  Emergency contacts MAY NOT   pick up a student without written permission from the parent, except for emergencies.

Extracurricular Activities​

As indicated in the student handbook, located on our website under Campus - Publications & Documents, it states:

“In order to participate in an athletic contest, musical concert or contest, play production, team/squad tryout opportunities, or club/organization special trip or activity, a student must be in attendance at school a minimum of one-half day (7:30 am -11:00 am, 11:00 am -2:35 pm, or equivalent).”

Exemplary Attendance

As indicated in the student handbook, located on our website under Campus - Publications & Documents, it states:

“To be eligible for exemplary attendance recognition during end of year ceremonies, a student must be enrolled on or before the 90% attendance for credit date. Exemplary attendance will be calculated based on attendance for grading periods 1-5. Data from the 6th grading period will not be included. There will be no special calculations/deductions related to tardies and being checked out early, other than parameters already included in the attendance reporting system.”​

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