The following is a quick synopsis of our attendance procedures at DSHS. Please refer to the entire DSISD Student Handbook
for complete information.High School Attendance Staff
Nancy Griffin, Attendance Clerk
Melynda Sprockett, Assistant Attendance Clerk
Reporting Absences/Early Release
For all day absences, please email (CLICK ON THE EMAIL LINK): email@example.com
If you are requesting an early dismissal, please send an email before 12:00 pm on or before the date of the requested dismissal to (CLICK ON THE EMAIL LINK): firstname.lastname@example.org
If departure occurs during a class period, the student will receive an early dismissal form from the Attendance Office, present the form to the teacher, and sign out at the attendance office. The act of signing out does not constitute school approval for the student to leave. An assistant principal or designee will determine if the reason for leaving school will be excused or unexcused. Any student who leaves campus without signing out will be considered unexcused or truant as determined by the appropriate administrator.
When a student is absent from school for any portion of a school day, the parent must verify the absence with an e-mail to the campus attendance office (email@example.com), an absence notification through the Family Access system (ALL-DAY ABSENCE ONLY). Absence verification must describe the reason for the absence. The verification must be submitted by the student’s parent. Otherwise, the student’s absence may be considered unexcused and, if so, would be considered to be in violation of compulsory attendance laws. The campus will document in attendance records for the student whether the absence is considered by the district to be excused or unexcused. Please note that, unless the absence is for a statutorily allowed reason under the compulsory attendance laws, the district is not required to excuse any absence, even if the parent provides a note explaining the absence.
Upon return to school, a student absent for more than four consecutive days because of a personal illness must bring a statement from a health care provider verifying the illness or condition that caused the student’s extended absence from school.
Unexcused absences are those that are not exempt or excused, but are approved and verified by a parent. Out-of-town absences are documented as unexcused absences. Parents must verify the absence by e-mail to the Attendance Office or through Family Access Absence Notification on-line. When possible, verification of a planned absence should be provided in advance of the absence. Absence verification must describe the reason for the absence. The verification must be submitted by the student’s parent or guardian.
A student is considered tardy if he/she is not in his or her assigned classroom when the tardy bell rings, but enters class before the first 10 minutes of class time have elapsed. Students who arrive at school or return to school while class is in progress or between classes must sign in at the attendance office immediately and must have a parent confirm the reason for the absence within 48 hours. Failure to sign in at the time of arrival will result in a truancy and disciplinary consequence. Please note attendance is taken each period of the day. Official attendance for state reporting purposes is taken at 10:53 a.m.
Dripping Springs High School is a closed campus. Students are not allowed to leave campus during the school day without parent permission and following the procedures for leaving the campus during school hours. However, Seniors may eat off campus during their assigned lunch period.
Verification of Enrollment Forms
A Verification of Enrollment (VOE) form may be obtained from the Attendance Office. The student will need to submit the VOE form to DPS upon application for a driver’s license. Due to the large number of requests, and because all student information must be confirmed by a school official before a verification form can be issued, students should allow a minimum of two days for processing their requests. Please plan ahead for a renewal. Absences from school for acquisition or renewal of a driver’s license will be considered unexcused.