To report an absence email or call Amy Edgell
(817) 305-4904

If a student is absent from school, parents are asked to email or call Attendance each day at (817) 305-4904 to report the student’s name and reason for the absence (personal or illness).  Please do not leave attendance related voicemails on the main school phone number (817) 305-4900.  

I often receive several incoming calls simultaneously, so if you do not reach me, leave a detailed voicemail message at (817) 305-4904.  Do not call the main office asking to leave a message.  I will receive the voicemail and process it in a timely manner.  If easier for you, please email me at to inform me of the absence and that email will be used as a parent note.

If a parent does not call or email regarding an absence, please send a note to Attendance the day your student returns to school.  If no contact is made, the student will have an unexcused absence.

All students now start each day as being marked absent.  Teachers are required to mark students as Present (In-Person Student), Synchronous (Remote Student) or Asynchronous (Remote Student).  Teachers have the flexibility to formally enter attendance into Skyward up to a full day after the attendance period so it is possible that absences may still display the following day or longer.  If you question an absence, please email the teacher to verify student attendance.

GCISD Policy implemented October 19, 2020:  "If a student misses five consecutive days of in-person instruction, or five days total during a three-week period, they will be moved into remote instruction for the remainder of that grading period."  This does not include students that are quarantined, sick, or have another office valid reason.

Please remember to send in doctor notes to Attendance for any absences due to medical related visits.  Do not send or email doctor notes to teachers, as the note might not be forwarded to me.  If your student does not bring the doctor note to school, you may also email it or send it via fax (817) 498-9764.


Anyone picking up a student must be on the Skyward Family/Emergency List before signing out a student.  Have your driver’s license with you as you will be asked to provide identification at the outside intercom camera.  Please allow us plenty of time to locate your student as students in Athletics or lunch may take longer to come to Attendance quickly.  Students will not be pulled from class until a parent arrives at school.


Classroom instruction begins at 8:10.  That means students are considered tardy if they are not in their classroom at 8:10.  If you are dropping your student off to school after 8:10, please bring them to the main entrance (next to large parking lot) so they can receive a Late/Tardy Slip at Attendance.  Students are considered unexcused if they arrive after 8:25 without a doctor/parent note explaining illness.  Lateness due to missing the bus, oversleeping, traffic, car trouble, weather related, travel, etc. are unexcused.

Parents should not accompany their student into the building if they have sent their student in with a doctor/parent note in hand, or have called Attendance to report the late arrival.


At this time, no drop-off of lunches or forgotten items (including homework assignments) will be allowed (excluding medication for the nurse).  Please send lunch with your student or your student can purchase a meal from the cafeteria.  No visitors will be allowed in the cafeteria.