Our mission at Founders is to provide an exceptional classical education and to encourage the virtues of character necessary for human flourishing. This requires a commitment, over the course of many years, to a specific course of study. A chief element of that commitment is regular and punctual attendance.
School starts promptly at 8:00am for all students. It is critical to student safety that we know where all students are on school days. Parents must notify the front office every day a child is to be away from school. To notify the front office, email or send a Jupiter message to your student’s teachers and the Attendance Clerk at [email protected]. In the message, please include your child’s name and the reason for his or her absence. Parents must make us aware of the child’s absence before 8:00 am. If a parent fails to notify the office of a student’s absence, the absence will be coded as unexcused.
The 90% Rule
Students must attend 90% of a class in order to receive credit for that class. This threshold includes both excused and unexcused absences. If a student is not physically present in class, regardless of the reason, the student’s total attendance percentage is reduced. Students who do not attend 90% of a class are in danger of failing the class because of absences and will be referred to an attendance committee.
An unexcused absence is any absence not excused by law or listed in the RES Parent/Student Handbook. Unexcused absences require that all work assigned during the absence is due immediately upon return and subject to a reduction in grade according to the late work policy. If a parent fails to notify the office of a student’s absence before the absence occurs, the absence will be deemed unexcused.
Teachers will allow students to make up work for excused absences according to the policy below, under “Make Up Work.” Absences will be excused for religious observances, court appearances, illness, family emergencies, and other reasons required by law. If a student is absent for 3 or more consecutive days due to illness a doctor’s note must be delivered to the front office or submitted by email to the Attendance Clerk. For more information please consult the RES Parent/Student Handbook.
Missed work due to an excused absence must be completed within the same number of school days as the absence. For example, if a student is absent from school for 3 days because of the flu, that student will have 3 school days to complete the work he missed while sick.
An absence on the date of a major assignment, such as a test or major paper, will not extend the deadline of that assignment. The student must complete the assignment the day of his or her return.
A student who is absent from school without permission will be considered truant and is subject to disciplinary action. Specifically, Texas state law holds that “if the student is absent from school on 10 or more days or parts of days within a six-month period in the same school year or on three or more days or parts of days within a four-week period, the student’s parent and the student are subject to prosecution” (Sec. 25.095 of the Texas Education Code).
Tardiness not only delays one’s own learning but interferes with the learning of one’s classmates. In order to excuse a late arrival, parents must come to the front office and explain the emergency that caused the delay. Unexcused tardies include, but are not limited to: car trouble, oversleeping, and personal business.
After a student has been tardy to school 4 times, he or she will receive a Poor Behavior Slip and detention on the 5th tardy. Students will be disciplined more seriously if tardies become habitual. Egregious tardies may be converted to unexcused absences.
Any time a student must be picked up early, parents should notify the student’s teachers and the Attendance Clerk ([email protected]). Early departure notifications are accepted until 2:30pm. After 2:30pm, parents must call the front office to arrange an early pick up. During school hours, all students must be signed out at the Building 3 office.
If a student who drives to school must depart early, the parent must call the office and send written permission to the Attendance Clerk for the student to leave.
Students must check out and check in at the front office whenever their departure or arrival occurs during school hours, even during passing periods, lunch, recess, and PE.
So that a student does not miss out on valuable class time, we encourage families to schedule doctor’s appointments after school. Students who must miss class for a doctor’s appointment are responsible for making up any work they missed promptly. Doctor’s notes should be dropped off at the front desk or emailed to the Attendance Clerk.
If a student is to be picked up by someone other than a parent or approved contact, written permission must be given in advance. The student will not be allowed to leave until we receive written permission from the parent. Please email the student’s teachers and the Attendance Clerk at least one day before the pick up. This includes carpools to and from field trips, games, academic competitions, and other events.