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Kay Franklin Attendance Matters 2022-2023

Attendance FAQ...

Kay Franklin Families,

We would like to share attendance information for our families to review to help ensure the success of your children. Thank you for your support and we look forward to a successful school year!! Did you know there is a State Compulsory School Attendance Law?

It states…

● Children between the ages of six (6) and eighteen (18) must attend school

● Children enrolled in pre-kindergarten or kindergarten are required to follow the same state attendance law

● Children enrolled in school must attend ALL day, EVERY day, for the ENTIRE school year. The school can excuse an absence if documentation is submitted within 3 days of a student returning to school from an absence. You may send in a written to note to the teacher or front office. You are also welcome to email the teacher or Mr. Perez @ (


PLEASE NOTE: After 3 UNEXCUSED absences, the school will issue an Attendance Warning Notice, to the legal guardian(s) per district policy. ALL absences do require documentation.

Excused Absences WITH a note: ● Student Illness ● Religious Holidays ● Funerals of Immediate family members ● Court Appointments with Subpoena ● Doctor visits with a note from the physician ● An absence that has prior approval by an Administrator

UNEXCUSED Absences with a note: ● Car Trouble ● Missed Bus ● Overslept ● Family business (including trips) ● Errands for or with the Parent ● Doctor visits not for the student ● Vacation/Weddings/Out of town Attendance FAQ…


 Did you know that we miss your children and notice when they are gone?

❖ Our teachers will periodically call to check on students when the are missed!

❖ Our counselors often call our missed students!

❖ If your your child has frequent absences we will call to find out how we can help or provide assistance in getting our missed student back in school.

❖ After 3 or more absences (excused and/or unexcused), documentation from a doctor may be required. Our nurse can assist with contacting doctors if needed. Do I have to go to school ALL day???

❖ We value the entire school day and your student is in valuable instruction from 7:45am-3:10pm. Please try to schedule appointments after school or on the weekends. If you must keep an appointment during the school day, please return your child to school unless the the doctor recommends immediate home rest. Don’t forget to bring a doctor’s note to the school upon your child’s immediate return. When is my child considered tardy?

❖ A child is considered tardy if they are not in their classroom at 7:45am. If your student arrives after 8:00am they must be signed into the front office by an adult. An arrival after 9:00am, is considered absent unless they have a doctor note for that morning releasing them back to school that day. How can I keep track of my child’s attendance?

❖ Check your Home Access Center (Parent Portal) on the NISD website

❖ Keep a personal record of your child’s absences

❖ Review you child’s report card, issued each nine weeks.

❖ Please give us a call or email if you have any questions When can my child return to school after being sick?

❖ We miss the children when they are sick. We hope that you can encourage them to attend school unless they show obvious signs of illness. They can return when a doctor releases them, they feel well ,and/or have been fever free WITHOUT medicine for 24 hours. Our nurse is always willing to visit with you and your child before school if you have any questions.

Thank you for your support of Kay Franklin Elementary and our students.

We greatly appreciate you trusting us to educate your children. If you have any questions please call the office at 210-398-1700.

Kay Franklin Colts, We Start Strong, Stay Strong, and Finish Strong!


Reducing Chronic Absenteeism

Each year, more than 6.5 million students are likely to be absent from school often enough that it could have a significant impact on their academic performance. Chronic absenteeism, missing 10% or more school days per year, occurs at every grade level and in schools nationwide. The problem is particularly acute for students who face the most significant barriers, including students from low-income families, students of color, and students with disabilities (1).

The prevalence of chronic absenteeism is a national crisis, and disparities among student groups underscore the need to better support all students to attend school. For many students, lack of food, health care, school supplies, clean and undamaged clothing, and even shampoo and soap can have a profound impact on their ability to attend school.

Public-private partnerships with evidence-based providers, like Communities In Schools, can bring resources into schools to address barriers to learning, like attendance, and help create more opportunities for teachers and school leaders to focus on their core mission.

Source: 1 U.S. Department of Education, Chronic Absenteeism in the Nation’s Schools

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