Phone: 469-752-6005

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Linda Holman

Attendance Clerk


  • Rice Middle School Attendance Information

  • 2020-2021 Changes

    Procedures for Face-to-Face students leaving class:

    • Parents do not need to enter the building to sign their child out.
    • Send students with a note stating their child will need to leave at a specific time. At the designated time, the student will leave class and sign out in the front office. Parents may also call ahead, and we will pull your student from class at the appropriate time.
    • Please text your child when you arrive and provide a note for them to bring back to the front office upon their return.
    • Please understand that the teacher still has to mark your child absent because they are not in class. You will receive an automated phone call to remind you that your child can log in and submit work by 11:59 pm that same day.
    • Parent notes and medical excuses cannot be entered into the system until 2 school days after the appointment. Please give enough time for those absences to be reconciled.

    Procedures for School@Home students missing class:

    • For remote students who miss synchronous or asynchronous class due to an appointment, please understand that the teacher still has to mark your child absent if they are not in class or have not engaged in the online content by the end of the school day. You will receive an automated phone call to remind you that your child can log in and submit work by 11:59 pm that same day.
    • Please email any parent or doctor’s note to the Rice MS attendance clerk, Linda Holman, at linda.holman@pisd.edu.
    • Parent notes and medical excuses cannot be entered into the system until 2 school days after the appointment. Please give enough time for those absences to be reconciled.

  • Reporting an Absence

    A parent/guardian should call the student absence line to report a student absence.

    • Call 469-752-6000
    • Choose Option 1 for English, or Option 2 for Spanish
    • Next, press Option 3 to leave a message
    • Leave the student's name, student's ID#, the reason for absence, date of absence, and who is reporting the absence.

    Note: A parent note or doctor's note is required to excuse an absence. 

  • Parent Notes

    A parent note or doctor's note is required to excuse an absence. The note should include the student's name, the reason for absence, date(s) of absence, and parent/guardian signature. Please note that e-mails can be used as a parent note for the 2020-2021 school year only.  

    Special circumstances:

    • A doctor's note is required if absent for 5 consecutive days.
    • Planned absence(s) such as vacations and trips are considered unexcused.
      • In order for the student to make-up and receive credit for work assigned during an unexcused absence, the student must submit to the principal, at least one week in advance, written notification of the planned absence (Student Absence Request form).
      • When no prior notice is given, students shall receive a zero for all work assigned during the absence (PISD Policy FDD/Local).
    • Partial day absences for medical appointments will not be recorded as an absence if a doctor's note is received upon return to school.
    • To receive an excused absence for a Religious Holiday/Observance, written notification must be submitted to the principal one week prior to the absence (PISD Policy FDD/Local).

  • Leaving school ill

    If a student becomes ill at school, he/she should go to the clinic to see the nurse.  The nurse will contact parents.  The student must sign out through the front office before leaving.  Send a note with your student when he/she returns to school.

  • Late arrivals and early releases

    Students must sign in and out at the main office.  Failure to sign in or out is considered a violation of attendance policy.

  • Doctor appointments

    If your student must leave early for a doctor's appointment, please send a note with him/her to school so that we can release him/her from class in a timely manner.  Upon returning to school, please send or bring an official doctor's note verifying the appointment.

  • Other absences

    Non-school activities must be pre-approved by the building principal in order for the student to make-up missing work.  You may obtain the Student Absence Request form that needs to be completed and turned in before the absence from the attendance clerk.  These absences are considered unexcused with make-up work allowed.

  • Why was my child marked absent for an asynchronous class?

    Students are required to engage with every class, every day, regardless of whether the class is meeting synchronously or asynchronously. We recommend that all students engage in each class daily during regular school hours, working according to their regular bell schedule as much as possible. Your child can still engage in the coursework prior to 11:59 pm on the day of instruction, and the teacher will reconcile the attendance the following school day. Please give the teacher 24 hours before sending an email regarding an absence.

  • Why do I get automated phone calls when my child has turned in work?

    If your child logs in after 4:30 pm or after the teacher has entered attendance, an automated call will be placed to the phone numbers on file notifying you that your child was marked absent.  Your child then has until 11:59 pm to log on and engage with the curriculum content to regain attendance for the day.

    The following school day, the teacher will reconcile absences for any students who submitted work the prior evening.  Please give the teachers 24 hours before sending an email regarding an absence. If work was submitted, it will get reconciled. There is no way around the automated phone call because it is completed at the district level.

  • What does Parent Portal tell me?

    We encourage you to become familiar with parent portal. This is an excellent source of information regarding your students attendance, grades or any missing assignments. Go to pisd.edu/gradebook for all the details.

  • What does the 90% rule mean?

    Attendance policy and state law require students attend their classes 90% of the time.

  • DefinitionsEngaged

    The student actively participates, is responsive during class instruction, and submits completed assignments.

    Present

    School@Home - The student logs in to the class meeting and remains until dismissed by the teacher or completes the asynchronous assignments by 11:59 pm.

    Face-to-Face - The student attends in-person classes.