Spring Final Exams Exemptions

Posted on 04/17/2019

All students are required to take their fall semester exams. Exemptions from Final Exams are an honor earned by students who attend school regularly, follow the student code of conduct, master the required content and demonstrate required grades.

Students who qualify for spring semester exam exemptions must attend all classes during the week of semester exams. Qualifying students are exempt from taking the semester exam but are not exempt from attending class. 

Please see the attached document for details regarding Spring 2019 Final Exams: 
Spring Final Exemptions.pdf

2018-19 Final Exam Schedule

Vandegrift Exam Exemption Info

Dear VHS Parents, Students and Guardians,

In an effort to help you plan for the end of the year, we want to clarify attendance policies during Final Exams in May. The Final Exam Schedule is posted on the website.  Last year, due to the calendar and later school release in June, we had remarkably low attendance during the final exam week. This year, we want to be clear on attendance policy during final exams so that we are following all district policy expectations, not negatively affecting school attendance or having a negative impact on school funding.

What is the purpose of providing Exam Exemptions?  Exam exemptions were originally developed to encourage students to attend school throughout the year in order to earn the privilege of a final exam exemption.  This incentive has proven a powerful and effective tool encouraging high levels of student attendance that affect our Average Daily Attendance (ADA).  Although exam exemptions excuse a student from taking the cumulative final exam, they were never intended to excuse students from attending the class.  The state of Texas does not reimburse, waive, or honor campus exam exemptions for attendance accounting purposes.  As a result, LISD loses approximately $40 per student for average daily attendance.

What is the policy? LISD handbook policy states: Students who qualify for spring semester exam exemptions must attend all classes during the week of semester exams. Qualifying students are exempt from taking the semester exam but are not exempt from attending class.  

Final exam exemption policies (including required qualifications) can be found in the district handbook on p. 25.

What happens if our family has already made plans based on the expectation that our student would be exempt from the class? We understand that the messaging concerning exam exemptions can be complicated, and for this year, if a student already has a pre-planned or extenuating circumstance that prevents them from being present on the day of the exam, they should contact their alpha AP for further review of the option that is best for their individual situation.  

The Exemption Process:

  • Students MUST declare their exemptions by signing the exemption roster for each individual course in which they are exempt.  Teachers will not have their exemption rosters for students to sign until the day of each final exam.  Since qualifying for an exemption does not mean a student plans to exempt the exam (they may be currently failing and need to take it or they may want to take the exam to improve their grade), teachers will assume all their students are taking their exam until the student declares their exemption on the day of the exam.  If a student fails to sign in and declare their exemption on the exam day, we will assume they are not claiming their exemption and mark them absent.
  • We will do attendance on exam days, as any other day of school, where a student will need to have a parent note to leave early.
    • To help facilitate a quick dismissal from the exempted class, our campus administration will have tables set up before school with extra staff available to process attendance parent notes for students who are exempted from both exams and choose to leave early on exam days.
    • If a student plans to leave early on exam days, we will not be able to interrupt an exam and call for a student in an exam room, so students must bring a paper note from a parent before school to get an early release pass.


  • Early finals will not be given to any student without prior administrative approval.


Dates: On Thursday, May 16th, we will post the exemption status for all students by period. This list will be displayed outside of the AP office. Please plan accordingly for the following dates when students must be in school:

  • Senior (12th) Exams will be Thursday, May 23 – Wednesday, May 29, 2019
    • Senior Breakfast and Graduation Rehearsal will be the morning of Thursday, May 30, 2019
    • Senior Graduation will be on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 8am


  • 9th – 11th graders will take exams on Tuesday, May 28 – Friday, May 31, 2019
    • Please note that our 9th-11th graders will be released at 12:40 on the last two days of school, May 30th and 31st, and buses will run at 1:00 and lunch will NOT be served.


  • Make-up final exams for VHS will be offered on June 3-6 and June 10-13. If a student is absent during exams week in May, they need to contact their alpha-AP to arrange an appointment to make up their exam during these June dates.

 Thank you,

VHS Admin Team