When a student is absent from school for any reason, other than a school function, it is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to notify the attendance office between the hours of 8:00 and 9:30 a.m. on the day of the absence- stating the reason for the absence and the anticipated duration of absence. Any requests for assignments should be made at this time. Also, a statement in writing, signed by a parent or guardian must be presented to the attendance office within two days following the absence. After a student has been absent three times from any class, an attendance letter indicating the dates of the student's absences will be mailed home to the parent. This warning letter will state the 90% attendance requirement for class credit.
If a student misses more than (15) minutes of class time the student will be counted absent for that class period. The nature of the excuse and the amount of time the student is late will determine whether the absence is changed to a tardy or an unexcused absence. Extenuating circumstances will be dealt with on an individual basis.
Leaving Campus Dental, Doctor, or Legal Appointments
GHS is a closed campus. When it is necessary for a student to leave campus for any reason, parents should sign out their student in the attendance office, or the student will present a note to the attendance staff from their parent/guardian stating the time of the appointment. The student will sign out in the office and sign in upon return. Students are asked to bring verification from the dentist/doctor/lawyer or judge that the appointment was met. This verification serves as a basis for excusing the absence and the student will be counted present for the entire day. Before signing out for illness, a student must see the nurse or a principal who will contact a parent before the student is allowed to leave. Students must not contact a parent or guardian before visiting with the nurse or principal.
Driver's License: Verification of Enrollment (VOE) and Attendance
For a student between the ages of 16 and 18 to obtain a driver's license, the Texas Department of Public Safety must be provided written parental consent to access the student's records for purposes of verifying 90 percent attendance for credit for the semester. VOE forms can be picked up in the Registrar's office.College/University/Institute VisitJuniors will be allowed a maximum of two days for college/university/institute visit per school year. Prior to leaving campus for your visit student and parent/guardian need to fill out a request form. Please see the Important Forms link on this website for the Request form. You will need to bring documentation of your college/university/institute visit to the Attendance Office when you return. Types of acceptable documentation include signatures from Admissions Office, Financial Aid Officer, Campus Tour Guide, Department Advisor, etc.