The Texas Education Code contains a section on compulsory attendance law.
1. The law requires that children attend school every day it is in session. (§ 25.085)
2. A student may not be given credit for a subject unless they have attended 90% of the classes for that year. (§ 25.092)
3. If a student is absent without excuse for three or more days or parts of days within a four-week period, the school must send a warning letter to the parents stating that they may be filed on in a court of law for a criminal truancy charge (filing is still optional). (§ 25.095)
4. If a parent does not respond to warning letters, that parent may be charged with a criminal offense. (§ 25.093)
5. If a student is absent without excuse for ten or more days or parts of days within a six-month period in the same school year, the school must file criminal truancy charges on the parent (s) and student. (§ 25.094)
If a student is absent or tardy from school for a reason other than one of those specified as an excused absence or if the student has excessive tardies, the student will be considered truant and will receive disciplinary action.
For more information, contact:
Dr. Valerie Baxter, Assistant Superintendent
Location: Pine Tree Administration Building
Mailing Address: PO Box 5878, Longview, TX 75608
Email: [email protected]