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.
- Provide a parent note (3 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 or 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 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 costs, and possible suspension of a 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)