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Bell Times and Attendance

Every Day Counts on your path to graduation

Attend to Win! is Tulsa Public Schools’ comprehensive citywide effort to combat chronic absenteeism and drive home the importance of showing up for school each and every day. Attendance is a leading indicator of student outcomes, and we know that in order to set our students up for success, they must Attend to Win! Learn more here.

Good attendance is vital to the academic success of every student. Please make sure your student arrives at school on time every day. Our starting and ending bell times are included below.



Building good attendance habits

Start building good attendance habits in preschool so children learn early on that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help children do well in school, in college, and in careers. 

How can families support student attendance?

  • Set a regular bed time and morning routine;
  • Get clothes ready and pack backpacks the night before;
  • Develop backup plans for getting to school if you are unable to take your child;
  • Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session; and
  • Talk to teachers or the school counselor if your child seems anxious about going to school.



Tulsa Public Schools Absence Policy

All absences must have a written or verbal explanation provided by the parent or guardian within 48 hours of the student's return to school. For an absence to be excused, per state law, a doctor’s note, funeral program, court document, etc, must be provided. A parent’s explanation will be recorded as "with explanation" (W), but not excused. Explained absences are legally unexcused absences.

If a student is absent for too many days, the attendance officer may report the absences to the district attorney for juvenile proceedings. View Policy 2204: Student Attendance regarding truancy and how many absences is too many.

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Did you know...?

  • Attendance is the number one predictor of whether a student will drop out of school.
  • The likelihood that a student will drop out increases 2.21 times for every year of chronic absenteeism.
  • A student in grades 8-12 who is absent for 10 percent or more of a single school year is 7.4 times more likely to drop out.
  • Students can still fall behind even if they miss just a day or two every few weeks.

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