Attendance & school hours



To make the most of their education, students should make every effort to be on time and attend all their classes every day. Absences disrupt learning and make it hard to keep up with the lessons being taught. Poor attendance leads to poor academic performance.

Students that miss too many days of a class may not receive credit or a final grade in the class. Also, because attendance is required by the Texas State Compulsory Attendance law, there may be legal consequences for missing school.

Tracking attendance

Students and parents can monitor attendance records in Skyward. If you have questions about a specific absence, contact the attendance office at your campus.


If your student will be absent from school please call the school office and let them know.

Students should also turn in an absence note to the school office within three days of returning to school that includes:

  • student ID#

  • written statement giving the date and reason for the absence(s)

  • parent/guardian signature

Absences for some activities and events such as religious holy days and documented health-care appointments may be excused if the student makes up all the work. More information about which activities and events are excused by state law is available in the Student Code of Conduct & Handbook.

If the school believes a student’s absences are excessive, a personal note from home will no longer be enough to excuse the student’s absence(s). A doctor’s note or other method may be required.

Partial Day Absence

Students are required to attend school from the time the school day begins until the time the school day ends. A partial day absence occurs when a student is not present for part of the school day. A student that arrives late or leaves early will get a partial absence.The school will decide whether the partial absence is excused or unexcused using the same standards used in determining the status of full day absences.

Texas State Compulsory Attendance Law

The Texas State Compulsory Attendance Law, Section 25.085, requires students to go to school each school day for the entire school day, unless exempted by law. This includes students who have voluntarily enrolled in prekindergarten or kindergarten and students that are eighteen years old or older.

Students that violate this law may get referral(s) for court proceedings against the parent, guardian or student to enforce the law.

Violation of the law occurs when students get unexcused voluntary absences for 10 or more days or parts of days within a six-month period.

Student Code of Conduct & Handbook

More details about attendance policies as well as excused and unexcused absences are available in the student code of conduct and handbook.

Student Code of Conduct and Handbook

Student Code of Conduct and Handbook - Spanish

School hours

All schools operate on a staggered schedule to reduce the number of buses needed to transport students.

2018-19 General school hours

Be sure to check your school's website  for information about tardy bells and to confirm other schedule information.

Pre-Kindergarten schools

  • 8:02 a.m.-11:05 a.m. for Morning Pre-Kindergarten

  • 12:17 p.m.-3:20 p.m. for Afternoon Pre-Kindergarten

Elementary schools

  • 8:10 a.m.-3:20 p.m.

  • 8:10 a.m.-4:20 p.m. for Handley (optional enrichment activities until 6 p.m.)

  • 8:50 a.m.-4 p.m. for Classical Center at Vial

Middle schools

  • 8:50 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • 8:50 a.m.-5 p.m. for Lyles (optional enrichment activities until 6 p.m.)

High schools

  • 7:30 a.m.-2:40 p.m.

  • 7:15 a.m.-2:30 p.m.  for Gilbreath-Reed Career & Technical Center

Early dismissal times

  • Elementary schools - 1:25 p.m.
  • Middle schools and Classical Center at Vial - 2:05 p.m.
  • High schools - 12:40 p.m.