Spread the news: Attendance matters!
September is National Attendance Awareness Month, and HISD has teamed up with dozens of local and national community partners to help us get the word out.
Whether you’re riding a METRO bus, visiting a neighborhood park, doing laundry at a washateria, or checking out a book from a local library, you are bound to get the message: attending school every day is important, and we’re determined to get kids who are not regularly doing so back in class—and keep them there until they graduate.
On this page, you will find a number of links and valuable resources related to attendance, dropout-prevention efforts, and much more.
Please help us spread the news, and call 713-556-7017 if you have any questions.
Why focus on attendance?
Attendance matters for success in school and in life, and absences can easily add up to academic trouble.
At HISD, missing more than 10 percent (or 17 days) of school a year can lead to a student not receiving a grade or being retained, but more importantly, it represents lost time in the classroom and a lost opportunity to learn.
For complete details on HISD’s attendance policy, please visit the Federal & State Compliance website.
Youth Watch: Helping us help kids get back into school
Youth Watch is a call to action for parents, grandparents, families, and community members to assist HISD in helping former students get back into school.
If you know a young person between the ages of 13 and 21 who is not currently attending classes and has not yet graduated, let us know by calling 713-556-7017.
We will reach out to these young people to develop a comprehensive plan to get them back in school, and connect them with any resources they might need to counteract problems that prevent regular attendance.
HISD has a diverse portfolio of educational programs available, including a number of non-traditional options for students with jobs or other obligations. There is even a resource available for adults age 22 and older who once attended an HISD high school. Please call 713-556-7017 for details or visit the Dropout Prevention website here.
Grads Within Reach walk
Although members of Team HISD work diligently all year long to prevent students from dropping out and to get those who have left back in class, the purpose of this high-visibility event is three-fold: to show students that (1) they matter; (2) many people care about them; and 3) they are genuinely missed when they don’t show up.
It also gives volunteers an opportunity to share information about the many options available to former students and to persuade them to re-enroll and earn their diploma. For more information, see the story here or visit the Dropout Prevention website here.