GRADES AND ATTENDANCE (HOME ACCESS CENTER)
Your username is your email address and your password is the temporary password you received by email. You will be required to change it the first time you log in. For directions on changing your password and how to set alerts within HAC, consult the Home Access Center Quick Start Guide.
Middle School and High School students can access HAC by using their student ID number (with the "s") as the username and their student password. If they do not know their student password, they can speak with the TSS or a teacher at their school.
To request a HAC account or report a problem, complete this online form and a technician will contact you via email or phone within two business days.
Due to data privacy concerns, some third-party "Apps" may not work with NISD's Home Access Center (HAC) (even if the app claims support). Northside can only provide help to those using the official HAC website.
Northside ISD is dedicated to helping students and parents cultivate good attendance habits and make connections with their school as they work toward the ultimate goal of graduation. In Northside, attendance matters for every student at every grade level every day.
ATTENDANCE + LEARNING = GRADUATION
HOW DOES A STUDENT EARN CLASS CREDIT:
• Students need to have a 70 or better average and be in class 90% of the class time to receive credit for a course. • A student absent more than 10% of the time will not receive credit for the course regardless of what his/her grade is unless they complete attendance recovery. • The State of Texas looks at each individual course separately when determining course credit. • The State of Texas considers both excused and unexcused absences when awarding course credit.
ATTENDANCE FOR LEGAL COMPLIANCE State Absence Policy
The Compulsory Attendance Law for credit (Texas Education Code 21.032) states that a student may not be given credit for a course unless the student is in attendance for at least 90% of the days the class is offered.
HOW DO ABSENCES AFFECT ADVANCEMENT TO THE NEXT GRADE LEVEL OR GRADUATION?
TEXAS ATTENDANCE LAW IN HIGH SCHOOL, STATES THAT A STUDENT MUST ATTEND CLASS AT LEAST 90% OF THE TIME
- For Semester Classes = no more than 9 absences
- For Year long Classes = no more than 18 absences
- All absences count regardless if they are excused or unexcused!
Under the law, if a student is absent more than what the law allows, the student automatically fails that class …even if their grades show the student is passing.
You have plenty of time to get to ALL your classes. If you are excessively late (15 minutes or more) to class, you will be counted absent & the absence counts. You must be in class 90% of the time to be present.
CONSEQUENCES OF BEING LATE
• 1 Tardy → Warning • 2 Tardies → Warning • 3 Tardies → Warning • 4 Tardies → Warning • 5 Tardies → Overnight Suspension
(Parent Conference with Administrator)
• 6 Tardies → Lunch Detention • 7 Tardies → Saturday Detention • 8 or More → Consequence determined by administrator
HOW DOES A STUDENT GET AN ABSENCE EXCUSED?
If you miss school, a written note must be turned in at the attendance office.
That note must have the following:
• Student Name and ID • Date of Note • Date(s) of the absence • Specific reason for the absence • Doctor or parent/guardian signature • Parent phone number
It is very important your note is turned in within 3 days of returning to campus after the absence, otherwise the absence remains unexcused.
EXCUSED VS. UNEXCUSED
Excused Absences could include: • Personal Illness • Medical Appointments • Family funerals • Court appointments with a subpoena • Truancy court • Family emergencies with explanation
Unexcused absences could include: • Car trouble/flat tire • Missing the bus/ride • Oversleeping • Renewing a driver’s license • Caring for a sibling • Busy traffic • Notes without pertinent information
Absent by Tardy:
• Students who arrive after 9:05 am due to tardiness must sign in at the attendance office and receive an Absent by Tardy slip.
• Students arriving fifteen minutes or more late to a class (2nd-8th) need to report to the attendance office and receive an Absent by Tardy slip.
• If you have exceeded the amount of absences allowable to receive course credit you can complete attendance recovery.
• You need to meet with your administrator or designee to determine the amount of hours you owe.
• Attendance recovery is hour per hour. Therefore, it is advised to start attendance recovery early.
• Be aware there will be deadlines set for each semester to complete the necessary hours. If your documentation is not turned in on/before the deadline, you will not receive credit for the recovery hours and may lose course credit.