How to Report an Absence

Absence Reporting

Texas code, 25.092 states, students enrolled in school must attend class for 90 % of the time it is offered to receive credit or a final grade. The 90 % rule applies to all absences, including excused absences.

Regular and punctual attendance is extremely important to your child’s success in school. We encourage you to help your child develop these good habits. However, when absences or late arrivals are necessary, please make sure they are reported.

Please note that if a student is absent for more than 3 consecutive days due to personal illness, they must bring a doctor’s note verifying the illness that caused the student’s extended absence from school.

COVID-related Absence:

Needs to be reported on that first day along with the following required documentation:

  • Doctor’s Note
  • Positive Test Results

Effective February 15th, 2024, all student absences must be reported in one of three ways:


  • The parent will receive an automated call each day the student is absent.
  • Parents you can keep track of your son/daughter’s attendance by signing into the parent portal.

Documentation after Absence:

Upon arrival or return to school, the student must bring a School Absence Note (please ask for a copy at the front office at GES) signed by the parent that describes the reason for the absence.

Students with more than 3 consecutive day’s absences due to personal illness must bring a doctor’s note or a health clinic verifying the illness or condition that caused the student’s extended absence from school.

Upon return to school, the student will need to see the school nurse for any restrictions and/or clearance to return to class.

We know this is a new process, for questions about it, please contact:
Marcel Juarez – Attendance Clerk at 915-877-1208.


Research has proven that truancy, in most instances, leads to delinquency, drug involvement and dropping out of school. When students become truant, everybody loses; students lose the benefits of instruction and ultimately credit.


  • Attend less than 90% of class = loss of credit
  • At 3 or more unexcused absences a district truancy intervention will be initiated for student and parents
  • If unexcused absences reach or exceed 10 or more in a six month period, student and/or parent will be referred to Truancy Court for further intervention and monetary fines will be assessed