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Truancy

School Success BEGINS With Attendance

 

Truancy is a result of UNEXCUSED absences.

  • An unexcused absence is when proper documentation (parent, medical note, etc.) has not been provided.
  • An unexcused absence can result from missing one period or an entire day.
  • If an elementary student arrives after the “attendance accountability time” they will be marked absent for the day.

 

What should I do if my child is absent from school?

  • Provide proper documentation (note) to the attendance office located at the main entrance.
  • Provide a parent note (4 parent notes per semester will be excused, all additional parent notes will be coded unexcused).
  • Doctor note (eye, dental, etc.)  Provide only ORIGINAL note, no copies.
  • Funerals – Provide parent note accompanied by the memorial folder.
  • If you sign your student out for any reason you must still provide a written note for the remainder of that day in order for the absence to be excused.
  • All notes should be turned in within 5 days of the absence.

 How will I be notified if my child has unexcused absences?

  • By school messenger (automated phone call) when your student is absent for even one period.
  • You will receive a “truancy warning letter” by mail upon 3 unexcused absences within a 4 week period. (It is extremely important that you keep your telephone number and address current with the school.)
  • “It is YOUR responsibility to monitor YOUR child’s attendance” (HB 2398 Sect. 25.093) through Family Access or you may call the attendance clerk at your child’s campus.

 

What happens when I receive a letter and my child continues to have unexcused absences?

  • Because Texas State Law requires a student to attend school the parent/guardian is subject to prosecution for their truant child under age 19.  The criminal negligence charge is: “parent contributing to non-attendance.” (HB 2398 Sect. 25.093). This is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by fines ranging from $100 - $500 plus court costs. The driver’s license of the student may also be blocked or suspended.
  • Your child (aged 12 – 18) is also subject to civil prosecution for: “failure to attend school”. This may result in fines, court cost and possible suspension of the student’s driver’s license.
  • In addition, a student in any grade level, K-12, may not be given credit or a final grade for a class unless the student is in attendance at least 90% of the days the class is offered. (Sect 25.092)

 

TISD Truancy Officers:

  • Barbara Welsh - last names ending:  A - Go (254-215-7011)
  • Sean A Yepez - last names ending:  Gr - O (254-215-6815)
  • Paige Mungia - last names ending:  P - Z (254-215-7028)