• Attendance Procedures at VMHS

    • A parent must provide a note that explains the reason for the absence within 5 school-days after the student returns to school.  
    • A student absent for more than 3 consecutive days because of a personal illness must bring a statement from a doctor or health clinic.
    • Proper documentation is necessary to correctly code absences. Appointment reminders are not considered an appropriate form of excuse because a reminder is not indicative of their presence.
    • Due to high in-person traffic volume, attendance summaries cannot be given over the phone. If information is required regarding PARC hours that a student owes, an attendance summary can be emailed containing calculated PARC hours.

     

    How Can Parents Help

    • Check your student's attendance to be sure absences are not piling up.

    • Know and understand the school’s attendance policy.

    • Stay in constant communication with the campus.  Make sure they know when absences are necessary for your child.  There are many resources the campus can refer to you that may assist families in a crisis.

    • Review Judson ISD’s school calendar and, whenever possible, schedule health care appointments and family trips/vacations before or after school, or during school breaks or holidays.

    • Attend tutoring sessions anytime instructional time is lost due to attendance.

    • Talk about the importance of showing up to school every day. Help your child maintain daily routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good night’s sleep.

    • Don’t let your child stay home unless truly sick. Complaints of headaches or stomach-aches may be signs of anxiety.

    • Switch between morning and afternoon appointments so that your child doesn’t miss the same class all the time.

    • Stay on top of your child’s social contacts. Peer pressure can lead to skipping school, while students without many friends can feel isolated.

    • Stay on top of academic progress and seek help from teachers or tutors if necessary. 

    • Find out if your child feels engaged by his classes and feels safe from mistreatment. Make sure he/she is not missing class because of behavioral issues and school  discipline policies. If any of these are problems, work with your school. 

    • Ask for help from school officials, afterschool programs, other parents or community agencies if you’re having trouble getting your child to school.

    • Talk to teachers if you notice sudden changes in behavior. These could be tied to something going on at school.