Students must be present in school at 10:00 a.m. in order to be counted present for purposes of reporting attendance to the state. Student attendance is taken in each class daily. Students must be in attendance the majority of the school day in order to participate in school-related activities on that day or evening. A student that arrives AFTER 10:00 is considered absent for the day, though it may be an excused absence with appropriate documentation.
Each student should enter the building ready to begin work before the school-start bell rings. The orderly conduct of class activity is predicated upon the prompt and precise beginning of the program. Tardiness or early release hinders the proper conduct of such activity, imposes a distraction that leads to a loss of instructional time for students properly in attendance. Tardies or early sign-outs may be considered absences for compulsory attendance purposes and can be considered truancy in accordance with the standards set by state law. Students who are not in the building by 7:40 a.m. must check in at the front office and will be considered tardy. The student should present his or her tardy pass to the teacher upon entering the classroom. Exceptions for tardies may be approved by the campus principals.
Absences and Required Documentation
Alerting The Campus
Notifying the campus of absences and tardies is important and must be done (every) day of the child's absences for consideration. Notifications are entered directly into our Smart Tag system. This updates the teacher(s), dismissal team, nurse AND campus Registrar/Attendance office at once. Smart Tag can be found directly in your LT MOBILE APP.
See the Creating A Parent Portal Guide for help. You will need the associated Student ID#. Your campus Receptionist or Registrar can give this information to you if you do not have it.
The PREFERRED method of reporting an absence is through, however an email or a written note upon your child's return to school is also acceptable. If you need additional support with Smart Tag or ANY of our features, schedule a time to come in. We can sit down with you and work through the issues together.
Absence notes must include:
- Student's full name AND
- ALL Date(s) of absence(s) AND
- Reason for absence(s)
Phone calls will not be accepted as appropriate documentation for any absence.
Per district policy, written documentation should be provided by parent/guardian within 3 days of the first day of the student's return to school. Absence notes will be processed 5-7 days after the child's absence. If a note is not submitted during this time,the absence will become unexecused. It is recommended that absences are reported daily. District policy requires a doctor's note if the student was absent more than 5 consecutive days.
Attendance for Credit or Final Grade
To receive credit for a course or a final grade in a class, a student in kindergarten-grade 12 must attend at least 90 percent of the days the class is offered (18 days). A student who attends at least 75 percent but fewer than 90 percent of the days the class may be offered a final grade by completing a plan approved by the principal, which allows the student to fulfill the instructional requirements for the class. If a student is involved in a criminal or juvenile court proceeding, the approval of the judge presiding over the case will also be required before the student receives credit or final grade for the class. At 8 absences an attendance committee will coordinate to begin reviewing student records.
Please see the online LTISD Student/Parent Handbook for more information on excused and unexcused absences.The registrar will document in the attendance records for the students whether the absence is considered by the district to be excused or unexcused. Please note that, unless the absence is for a statutorily allowed reason under compulsory attendance laws, the district is not required to excuse any absence, even if the parent provides a note explaining the absence.Early DismissalsEarly dismissals are entered in Smart Tag under Attendance Changes. Please include the time you intend to pick up your child along with
the reason. This will help the teacher, receptionist and attendance office best attend to your needs and have them ready to go for you if possible.Late to School:
If you know your child will be late to school, you can also enter this into Smart-Tag so that your
teacher(s) know to expect them later. This just makes things a little easier for them! Your child
will still be counted tardy unless they bring a note directly from a facility they visited for an appointment, or for another acceptable reason.
Email Notifications can be emailed to the registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to notify your child's teacher or inquire about missed work, please email the teacher directly.
If you have specific questions regarding excessive absences or tardies or if you received a letter regarding excessive absences or tardies, please contact the Registrar, Ashley Holder, at 512-533-6310 or via email at email@example.com.