Although perfect attendance is the goal, it's not always possible. School districts are required to excuse a student's absence to:
- Observe a religious holy day
- To be considered a religious holy day, the day should be one generally recognized by the student’s religious denomination as a holy day that is required to be observed by all members of that denomination.
- Church retreats, camps, and mission trips and individual religious rites (baptisms, christenings, bar mitzvahs, etc.) are not considered holy days.
- Attend a required court appearance
- Student’s name must appear on the court summons.
- Serve as an election clerk
- Appear at a governmental office to complete paperwork required in connection with the student's application for U.S. citizenship
- Take part in a U.S. naturalization oath ceremony
- Sound "Taps" at a military honors funeral held in Texas for a deceased veteran
- Attend a healthcare appointment
- The student must return to school on the same day of appointment.
- Visit college campuses
- Juniors and seniors
Generally, an absence may qualify as excused in cases of:
- Funeral - must be an immediate family member
- Doctor appointment
- School-sponsored curricular or extracurricular activities