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leaving during school hours

Most schools for students in kindergarten through high school (K-12) have policies that prohibit students from leaving the school grounds or campus during school hours. If students do need to leave the campus they will usually be required to be picked up by an adult (age 18 or older) who is on the student’s emergency contact list and who shows identification at the time of pickup.

For a doctor or dentist appointment schools may require a note from the health care provider for the student’s absence to be excused.

In Texas, public schools have established policies that are designed to ensure the safety and accountability of students during school hours. These policies typically prohibit students from leaving school grounds during the day unless specific conditions are met. If a student needs to leave campus, they are generally required to be picked up by an adult who is at least 18 years old and is listed on the student's emergency contact list. The adult must also provide identification upon pickup. For absences due to medical appointments, such as with a doctor or dentist, schools may require a note from the healthcare provider to consider the absence excused. These regulations are in place to maintain a secure educational environment and to comply with state attendance laws, which mandate that schools keep accurate records of student attendance.

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