Does Attendance really matter? Yes, it is critical to your student succeeding in school and in life. Students miss fundamental reading and math skills when they do not attend regularly causing them to have to work harder to catch up.

How many absences are too many? State law requires a student attend 90% of the days class is offered. Students that miss 10% of the school year – that is 18 missed days or 2 days a month – can knock them off track. Studies show that students with 10 or more unexcused absences in a single year were 15.5 times more likely to drop out of high school.

When your child is absent they lose an opportunity to learn and engage with his/her teachers and classmates. Teachers have to slow down classroom instruction to help him/her to get caught up.

Attendance is the key to success! Regular and punctual attendance is the greatest single factor in school success. Texas Compulsory Attendance Law requires students to attend school regularly, unless otherwise exempted by law. It is the responsibility of the parent and student to cooperate and communicate with the school on all attendance matters.

Home Access Absence Alerts -

If you receive an alert that your student has been marked absent and feel this was in error, please contact the teacher directly by email. Absences will not be changed without verification from that teacher.

Students that arrive to class more than 10 minutes late will receive an absence for that class period.

*** Please allow 5 days for updates to process in Home Access Center. ***

Leander ISD Student Handbook -

Danielson Middle School Hours -

Normal School Days 9:05 am - 4:20 pm

Attendance Notes

Calling to report your student absent does not excuse your student. Written verification of the absence must be received by the school attendance office within 48 hours (2 days) of a student’s return to school. It is best to submit a hand-written note directly to the attendance office. However, an e-mail to from the parent’s email address will be accepted. Upon receipt of written verification from a parent/guardian, the unverified-unexcused absence will be updated.

All notes from parents/guardians should include the following:

1. Full legal name of student

2. Student’s ID number

3. Date(s) of absence

4. Reason for absence

5. Parent’s signature

6. Current date of submission

Doctor notes must be completed by the physician's office stating the exact date(s) the note is covering. Notes that state "return when fever free" will not be accepted to cover all absences; only the date(s) listed. Doctor notes that are altered by a parent will not be accepted.


If a student arrives after the start of school at 9:05 a.m., the student must check in at the attendance office to receive a pass.

If a student is late to class within the first ten (10) minutes of the class, the student is marked tardy.

If a student is more than ten (10) minutes late, the student will receive an absence.

Student Sign In / Out

Please Note - Parents checking a student out early or from the nurse due to illness does not take the place of a note. For your convenience, you may complete a note at the time of your student leaving.
Students arriving after the 9:05 am bell and students leaving prior to the 4:20 pm bell will be signed in and out electronically through Raptor.

Student Sign In – Students that arrive after the 9:05 am bell must check in to receive a pass from the Attendance Office.

Student Sign Out – Students will not be allowed to leave without the presence of a parent or guardian.  Parents will need to request their student from the atrium receptionist window (2nd Window when you walk in).  Please make sure to ALWAYS bring your Identification card. We take your child's safety seriously, so even if we "know you" we may need to scan it, or if someone is covering the front desk for the receptionist, we still need to verify. If a student is leaving with someone other than a parent, guardian or designated emergency contact, a written note must be provided to the front receptionist prior to leaving.

Please Note - Parents checking a student out early or from the nurse due to illness does not take the place of a note. For your convenience, you may complete a note at the time of your student leaving.


Amber Schooley - Attendance Office

Email -

Phone - 512.570.3914

If you have questions concerning an absence, please submit an email stating your concern, student name and the date in question.