“Better Late Than Never, but Never Late is Better”
Please contact the attendance office by phone, 281-939-0032, email or parent note. Include the student’s name, date of the absence, reason for the absence, and a contact telephone number in your communication.
GOHS classes begin at 7:20 a.m. and are dismissed at 2:35 p.m. Students who arrive late, but by 7:35, are considered tardy. Students who arrive at 7:36, or later, are considered absent from their first class of the day. Please remember, students who arrive at school after 7:35 need to check in through the Attendance Office and have a parent note (or phone call) providing a reason for the absence. Students must check in and out of school through the Attendance Office when they arrive late or leave campus early. The same 15 minute tardy period and check in procedure applies to late arrival students.
If your student needs to check out of school prior to 2:35 dismissal, please send a signed note with him or her in the morning, stating the check-out time and the reason for leaving. He or she will exchange the parent note for a Permit to Leave form in the Attendance Office upon arrival in the morning or during lunch. Your student will meet you in the Attendance Office at the designated time. If you’re unable to send a note in the morning, you may call the attendance office to make the arrangements and we will send a pass to your student’s classroom. In order to smooth the process and minimize class interruptions, we strongly encourage a parent note rather than a phone call authorizing an early release. We appreciate your efforts to plan in advance.
Students will only be released to parent(s) or guardian(s) as specified in their official school records. If you want to authorize another individual to pick up your student, you must include that information in your note. Please be aware we may call you for verification. Everyone checking out a GOHS student must present a photo ID.
Sophomores who drive to school may check themselves out provided they have a parent note authorizing them to do so and a Permit to Leave form issued by the Attendance Office.
If you know, in advance, your student will need to be absent,for more than one day complete a Parent Request for Approved Absence form (also known as a Pre-Approved Absence form). The form is available in the attendance office. Your student should submit the completed form to his or her Assistant Principal for approval.
Students may not be checked out after 2:00 on regular release days. They may not be checked out after 11:10 on early release days.
The latest time to check out your student from campus is 2:00 PM
- State Law requires that students must be in attendance 90% of the time to receive credit. This translates to 5 absences for each class during a semester.
- Any class with 5 or more absences may result in the loss of credit in that class.
- If you are denied credit, you are required to take the class again. NO CREDIT BY EXAM!
To obtain a driver’s license in the state of Texas, a student between the ages of 15 and 18 must provide, to the Texas Department of Public Safety, a form obtained from the school verifying that the student has met the 90 percent attendance requirement for the semester preceding the date of application.
- Students may request this form from the Attendance Office.
- Requests are typically processed within 48 hours (2 school days from request).
- All library and any other school fees for the student must be paid in full before obtaining this form.
- Students should remember that buildings are closed during spring and winter break as well as holidays and should plan accordingly.
- GOHS official attendance is taken every Blue Day during 4th period and every Orange Day during 3rd period.
- Students are not permitted to leave campus for lunch.
- Each missed class constitutes an absence on a student’s attendance record. Exceptions to the rule include:
- Citizenship Application appointment: submit submission of verifying INS documentation
College Visits: Juniors and Seniors are allowed two college visit days per year and must submit proper documentation from the college. Proper documentation includes a completed College Visit Verification formpdf bearing an official stamp or seal OR verification provided by the college on their own form or letterhead stationery which includes student name and date of the visit and college representative signature.
Court appearances for which court documentation is submitted to the Attendance Office and Religious holidays for which the proper form is completed and submitted to attendance office: Mission trips, church camps and conventions are not considered religious holidays. The REL Verification formpdf is also available in the attendance office.
Doctor’s appointments IF the student attends school for any part of the day AND submits doctor’s note verifying the appointment, the student must check in and/or out of school through the Attendance Office in order to establish documented proof they attended school part of the day.
School sanctioned absences such as Extracurricular events, UIL events, field trips as designated by school administration
Absences affect final exam exemptions. More information will be provided soon about final exams/exemptions.
Excessive absences may result in make-up hours. Contact your student’s Assistant Principal for details.
A full explanation of Attendance policies can be found in the GOHS Student Handbook. Feel free to call for clarification or if the attendance office staff can be of service to you and your family.