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Katy Independent School District

Shafer Elementary


Registrar/Attendance Clerk

Jenni Detton –

Report an absence online

Office: 281-234-1985        Fax: 281-644-1880


All absences must be reported to the Attendance Office on a daily basis.

You may call in to report your child absent on the day of the absence only at 281-234-1900 or Online. For prior days absences a note is required signed by the parent/guardian. The note must include the reason for the absence; the child's first and last name, grade level and the date/s the absence/s are for. Telephone or personal contact by the parent/guardian with the Front office or Attendance Clerk is the preferred method of reporting a student absence.

Written notes or doctor's notes are required within three days of the absence.

If you do not report your child's absence on the day of, your child will be marked UNEXCUSED.

It is also a good idea to send a DOCTOR'S NOTE WHENEVER POSSIBLE when your child returns to avoid your child having too many personal illness absences. A FAILURE TO ATTEND SCHOOL LETTER IS SENT WHEN A STUDENT HAS 8 OR MORE PERSONAL ILLNESS ABSENCES IN A 6- MONTH PERIOD.

Pre-arranged absences (excused and unexcused) can be submitted for review. Assignments will not be given to students early. Students will have to make up all work upon their return to school. Please visit the Compulsory Attendance link below for additional information.

You are welcome to contact teachers directly to report an absence, however, the Attendance Clerk ​must be notified as well.


A student is considered tardy when the student is not in the proper place with all needed materials when the tardy bell rings at 7:55 a.m. Our front doors open at 7:40 a.m. for drop offs. Please help us get each day off to a smooth start by having your child here on time. Students with excessive tardies will not receive perfect attendance. 

Texas Administrative Code 129.21.  TAC 129021 states:

(h) Attendance for all grades must be determined by the absences recorded at the official attendance-taking time during the campus's instructional day, unless the local school board adopts a district policy, or delegates to the superintendent the authority to establish procedures, for recording absences in an alternative hour, or unless the students for which attendance is being taken are enrolled in and participating in an alternative attendance accounting program approved by the commissioner.

The “official attendance-taking time” for Shafer Elementary is 9:20am 


Please make sure your child arrives at school on time. The school day begins promptly at 7:55 a.m. The car drop off line can become extremely crowded in the morning. (Your child is never tardy when they ride the bus.)  If you choose to drive your child to school, please make allowances on rainy days and leave your home earlier to avoid your child being tardy. Tardies will count against your child's exemplary (perfect) attendance.

When you bring your child to school the same day after a doctor's appointment, send in the doctor's note and your child will be excused.  If your student arrives to school after 9:20 am without a doctor's note, this is considered a full day unexcused absence. 



If your child is checked out before 9:20 a.m., he/she will be absent.  Any student that is checked out after 9:20 a.m. will have a partial day absence. Please send a doctor's note back with your child and the absence is excused.

To clarify, any child that is checked out before 3:05 p.m. that is not going home ill or to a doctor's appointment will have an UNEXCUSED partial day absence. UNEXCUSED partial day absence will count against the student's exemplary attendance (perfect attendance).

Students may not be checked out after 2:30 p.m.



If you have a family emergency, please call the front office or Registrar (281-234-1900) in the morning to report your child's absence. When your child returns to school send a written note explaining the circumstances. A determination will be made as to whether or not the absence is excused or unexcused.



Please plan your vacations during the summer, Thanksgiving, winter, or spring breaks. 
Absences for vacations, business trips, babysitting, working, and other such reasons shall be considered unexcused.

How do I check my student’s attendance?

Log into Home Access Center and follow the directions below. 




Every student must be registered online through POWERSCHOOL using the Katy Online Registration link here​.

For more information about POWERSCHOOL an online registration visit the Katy ISD Registration site at  ​


Check out our district site for more information. 



The Katy ISD Home Access Center will give parents and guardians instant access to their student's assignments, grades, and attendance. If you have not been able to log on to the Home Access Center, please go to your student's campus for assistance.



Parents should notify the registrar 24 hours in advance when a child is withdrawing. Teachers will receive a withdrawal form from the office to complete. The completed form is returned to the ADA clerk. The parent must come to the office to complete final withdrawal procedures. Records will be sent to the new school when release of records documentation has been received.


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