Texas Law Regarding Attendance
The purpose of this page is to inform you of the law regarding failure to attend school. It is important your child receives a quality education. However, you may be unaware that your child's failure to attend school constitutes an offense for which you could be criminally charged and your child could be referred to a civil Truancy Court. It is the parent's duty to monitor a student's school attendance and require the student to attend school. Thus, it is important that all parents and guardians are aware of the consequences of unexcused absences from school.
Under Texas Law if your child has three (3) unexcused absences from school, the parent will receive a notice of those absences from the us. In this notice school, we will request that you attend a conference at the school to discuss the child’s absences. The purpose of the conference will be to find ways to solve the child’s attendance problem before we are required to refer your child to the Truancy Court and/or to file criminal charges against you.
We will also inform you about the truancy prevention measures we have adopted to help resolve your child’s attendance problems. If you have any questions about your child’s attendance please contact us. It is our hope to avoid the troubles described above by making sure students attend school every day in order to receive the best education possible.
To contact the school in general you may
- Call 713-847-4809 during business hours
- Text 281-858-3302 during business hours or outside of business hours (please note, you will not receive a response until business hours)
- Fax 713-847-4813
Importance of Attendance
MISSING SCHOOL MISSING OUT MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD IS IN SCHOOL EVERY DAY
Did you know? What can you do?
- Your child can suffer academically if they miss 10 percent (about 17 days) of school. That can be just two days a month, and that can happen before you know it.
- It doesn’t matter if these absences are excused or unexcused. They all represent lost time in the classroom and a lost opportunity for your child to learn.
- Attendance matters as early as kindergarten. Studies show that children who miss too many days in kindergarten and first grade have trouble mastering reading.
- By 6th grade, chronic absence is a leading warning sign that a student will drop out.
- Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.
- Attendance is an important skill that will help your child graduate and do well in college and at work.
- For younger children, set a regular bedtime and morning routine. Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
- For older children, you can set up homework and bedtime routines. Make sure that when the lights go out, so do the cell phones, video games and computers.
- Try not to schedule medical and dental appointments during the school day. If absolutely necessary, schedule appointments for after 10 a.m.
- Don’t let your child stay home unless they are truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
- Stay on top of your child’s social contacts. Peer pressure can lead to skipping, while students without many friends can feel isolated.
- Set an example for your child. Show him or her that attendance matters to you and that you won’t allow an absence unless someone is truly sick.
- You can turn to your school for help. If your child or family is having challenges with transportation, housing or health issues, reach out to your school for support.
- FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 713.556.7017 OR VISIT www.houstonisd.org/attendance