Attendance Office

Attendance Clerk: Berlinda Lujan, 832-223-4338
Attendance Clerk at SSW:  Celeste Castellano, 832-223-4204

 Fax: 832-223-4201 Attention: Attendance

[email protected]


What are the instructional day hours?

Our School day begins at 8:25 and ends at 3:50 p.m.

Do I need to send a note if they are absent?

Yes, either a parent note or a medical note are required to document/excuse all absences.(Reminder: Excused absences still count against exemptions.)

What is the procedure if my child needs to be released from school early?

When a student must leave school early (before 3:20 p.m.) the parent must contact the Attendance Office at 832-223-4200. Your student will be given a pass to leave. If you are picking your student up,. you will need to come inside and sign your student out. Please have your Driver’s License with you for identification purposes. Students will not be released or called from class after 3:20 p.m. 

Who can pick up my student from school?

Only the persons listed on the Skyward Emergency Contact List are allowed, with a driver’s license, to pick up your student.  If you want your student’s siblings to be able to pick them up, you must include them on the Emergency Contacts in Skyward.  If you are unsure who is on your Contact List, log in to Skyward and check, or feel free to contact the Attendance Office at 832-223-4204 or the Registrar's Office at 832-223-4219.  
What if my student is absent and forgets the doctor’s note?

You have 5 (five) school days to bring a note to the Attendance Window.  Medical notes must be originals. The note may be faxed from the doctor’s office to 832-223-4201, Attn: Attendance.  Remember, this note is necessary to document your student's absence.   

What if my student is out for an extended illness or extenuating circumstances?

You will need to contact your student's Assistant Principal and be able to provide a medical explanation and documentation.  The Assistant Principal will let the Attendance Office know what is going on and document accordingly.

If my student has surgery and needs a pass between classes, how is this handled? Your student should go to the Nurse's Office with the doctor's note to get the pass for time between classes and an elevator pass. The nurse will give them a pass and a copy of the doctor's note should be turned into the Attendance Window for your attendance. You need to turn the doctor's note into both, the Nurse's Office and the Attendance Window, so that your attendance and medical needs are both covered.

If the school nurse sends my student home, is it still an absence?

Yes, any time that a student is not in class or on campus due to an illness, it is an absence.

What determines an absence?

If a student misses 15 minutes or more, at the beginning or end of a class, this is considered an absence for this class period.

If a student is absent the full day, even with a medical excuse, this is considered an absence.

If we know ahead of time our student is going to be absent for an extended time, are there any forms to fill out?

Yes, there is a Preapproved Absence Form you and your student will need to fill out. This does not mean that the student will not be counted absent, but it will alert the teachers and Attendance Office head of time. These absences may be excused, but they will still count against their exemptions for finals.

How is an absence excused ?

If a student is in class at least one class period, goes to the doctor, returns with a medical excuse, then  they are excused for this day only.  If the doctor excuses the student for additional days, the additional days are still considered absences.  Only the day that the patient was seen is medically excused as long as the student was in school at least one class period and signed out that day.

How many absences is a student allowed, and still able to exempt finals?

Students must not have more than 3 absences in each class period.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to give us a call.  We are always glad to help when we can!


Welcome to George Ranch High School, where we WIN in Attendance!