Attendance & school hours



Students are expected to attend every class, every day on time.

Research shows that missing just two days of school a month can negatively affect a student’s overall academic performance. Absences also disrupt learning and make it hard to keep up with the lessons being taught.

Consequences for multiple absences include:

  • Behavior plan
  • Student and/or parent conference
  • Loss of class credit
  • Referral to truancy court

No More than 4 Challenge

Attendance makes the difference. Be present at school with no more than four absences during the school year. Attend for better experiences, better achievement, better career options and better opportunities.

Monitor attendance

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


If your student will be absent from school send a note to the campus within three (3) days of the absence.

Absences for some activities and events such as religious holy days and documented health-care appointments will 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.

Submit an absence note

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

  • student name and I.D. number

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

  • parent/guardian signature

  • parent phone number

For information on how to submit absence notes through Skyward, see Student Attendance in Skyward.

Campuses accept up to six (6) notes per semester (either hand-written or electronic) from parents as a personal note from home to excuse the student’s absence(s). A doctor’s note or another method may be required to excuse absences after the limit is reached.  Parents are encouraged to speak to a school administrator regarding special situations or circumstances.

Partial day absences

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 who 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 for determining the status of full-day absences.

Attendance law

The Texas State Compulsory Attendance Law requires students aged 6 through 19 to attend school.  Section 25.085 requires students to go to school each school day for the entire school day unless exempted by law.  This requirement includes students who have voluntarily enrolled in prekindergarten or kindergarten and students who are nineteen years old or older.

Students who 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.

School hours

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

General school hours

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

Prekindergarten schools

  • 8:05 a.m.-11:10 a.m. for Morning Prekindergarten

  • 12:25 p.m.-3:30 p.m. for Afternoon Prekindergarten

  • 8:10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for Full-day Prekindergarten

Elementary schools

  • 8:10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

  • 8:10 a.m.-4:30 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. - 4:10 p.m.

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

High schools

  • 7:30 a.m.-2:50 p.m.

  • 7:20 a.m. to 2:40 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.