Whenever it is necessary for your child to be absent, notify the school immediately. According to Board Policy, send a signed and dated note giving the reason for the absence within 3 school days or the absence will be unexcused.
TEC. Sec 25.092: Minimum Attendance for Class Credit. A student may not be given credit for a class unless the student is in attendance for at least 90 percent of the days the class is offered. Regularly taking your child from school before the official end of the instructional school day is not permitted, except for extenuating circumstances such as an occasional doctor’s appointment, family emergencies, etc. If you must take your child out of school before dismissal time, you will need to sign a form in the office. Your child will stay in the classroom until you arrive. If it is necessary for someone else to pick up your child, that person should be named on the registration card. If not, you'll need to send a signed, dated note with your child. The person picking up your child must be prepared to show identification to the office staff.
Attendance for Credit- To receive credit in a class, a student must attend at least 90 percent of the days the class is offered. A student who attends at least 75 percent but fewer than 90 percent of the days the class is offered may receive credit for the class if he or she completes a plan, approved by the principal, that allows the student to fulfill the instructional requirements for the class. If a student is involved in a criminal or juvenile court proceeding, the approval of the judge presiding over the case will also be required before the student receives credit for the class.
If a student attends less than 75 percent of the days a class is offered or has not completed a plan approved by the principal, then the student will be referred to the attendance review committee to determine whether there are extenuating circumstances for the absences and how the student can regain credit, if appropriate. In determining whether there were extenuating circumstances for the absences, the attendance committee will use the following guidelines:
- All absences will be considered in determining whether a student has attended the required percentage of days. Absences for religious holy days and documented health-care appointments will be considered days of attendance.
- A transfer or migrant student begins to accumulate absences only after he or she has enrolled in the district. For a student transferring into the district after school begins, including a migrant student, only those absences after enrollment will be considered.
- In reaching a decision about a student’s absences, the committee will attempt to ensure that it is in the best interest of the student.
- The committee will consider the acceptability and authenticity of documented reasons for the student’s absences.
- The committee will consider whether the absences were for reasons over which the student or the student’s parent could exercise any control.
- The committee will consider the extent to which the student has completed all assignments, mastered the essential knowledge and skills, and maintained passing grades in the course or subject.
- The student or parent will be given an opportunity to present any information to the committee about the absences and to talk about ways to earn or regain credit.
The actual number of days a student must be in attendance in order to receive credit, will depend on whether the class is for a full semester or for a full year.
Attendance Procedures- The Alief Independent School District has adopted an attendance policy which is in compliance with the state guidelines for compulsory attendance found in Chapter 25 of the Texas Education Code. In this section “parent” includes a person standing in parental relation.
Compulsory Attendance Law (Texas Education Code sec.25.085)
- A child who is required to attend school under this section must attend school each school day for the entire period the program of instruction is provided.
- Unless specifically exempted by section 25.086 (Exemptions), a child who is at least six years of age or who is younger than six years of age and has previously been enrolled in first grade, and who has not yet reached the child’s 18th birthday must attend school.
- On enrollment in prekindergarten or kindergarten, a child must attend school.
- A person who voluntarily enrolls in school or voluntarily attends school after the person’s 18th birthday must attend school each school day for the entire period the program of instruction is offered. A school district may revoke, for the remainder of the school year, the enrollment of a person who has five absences that are unexcused in a semester.
The information below serves as legal parent notification for attendance.
Warning Notice-(Texas Education Code sec.25.095)
- At the beginning of the school year A school district shall notify the parent in writing that if the student is absent from school on 10 or more days or parts of days within a 6-month period in the
same school year, or on 3 or more days or parts of days within a 4-week period, the parent is subject to prosecution for “parent contributing to nonattendance,” and the student is subject to prosecution for “failure to attend school.”
- When the student has 3 absences The school district shall notify a parent if the student has been absent without excuse, on 3 days or parts of days within a 4-week period. This notice must:
- Inform the parent that it is the parent’s duty to monitor and require the student to attend school.
- Request a conference between school officials and the parent.
Parent/Student contributing to non-attendance - (Texas Education Code sec. 25.093)
If a warning notice is issued as required by section 25.095 (a) the parent, with criminal negligence, fails to require the child to attend school as required by law, and the child has absences for the amount of time specified under section 25.094 the parent commits an offense. The student is subject to prosecution when failure to attend school (Texas Education Code sec. 25.094) exists.
An individual commits an offense when he/she:
- Fails to attend school as required under Texas Education Code sec. 25.085; and
- Fails to attend school on ten or more days or parts of days within a six-month period in the same school year or on three or more days or parts of days within a four-week period. Whenever it is necessary for your child to be absent, the parent should notify the school. Alief I.S.D. Policy states that a student who has been absent must bring to the attendance office a written explanation for the absence, signed by the parent within three days of returning to school. The explanation must be approved by the school principal or assistant principal. The responsibility belongs to the student/parent to ensure that the school attendance representative has received the signed statement within three school days. Failure to comply will result in coding of an unexcused absence.
The above are Class C misdemeanors punishable by a fine not to exceed $500.00 per complainant. Each day the child remains out of school may constitute a separate offense.