Attendance, Truancy, and Interventions
The brochure includes quick information ALL parents and students need to achieve positive attendance habits.
MISD has been working to revise attendance procedures since the enactment of House Bill 2398, which was recently passed by the 84th Texas Legislature. We want to ensure that parents are well informed of these procedures, but more importantly, we hope to work together to encourage regular attendance. Research is clear that there is a strong correlation between your child's presence in school and his or her future success. Please be aware that Texas Education Code 25.092 states that in order for a student to receive credit or a final grade in a class, a student in kindergarten–grade 12 must attend at least 90% of the days the class is offered.
Texas law requires that schools must issue a warning notice when a student has absences on three days or parts of days in a four week period. MISD delivers these notices through email. MISD will also notify you via USPS mail when your student fails to attend school on 7 or more days, and will request that you contact the school for a conference to discuss the absences. The law requires that schools provide various truancy prevention measures to improve attendance. MISD administrators and attendance committees may use some of the following measures, which will be identified in a behavior improvement plan/attendance contract: In-school counseling, mentoring, Saturday Schools, community service, and "MISD Family Focus" classes to be held in the evenings and weekends. In essence, these are the types of items that a judge would assess in the past as a result of truancy court. Texas legislators passed the new law to allow parents and students the opportunity to address non-attendance earlier so that referral to court can be avoided. MISD is dedicated to these standards and expectations, as well. We ask for your cooperation and support as we follow the law set forth by House Bill 2398.
If a student fails to attend school on 10 or more days or parts of days within a six-month period, another state-required letter is sent to parents via USPS mail. This letter denotes that the parent of the student may be subject to criminal prosecution, and the student is subject to referral to a truancy court. MISD will consider the prior prevention measures and whether or not the student has complied with the behavior improvement plan/attendance contract. Simply put, if the truancy prevention plan is working, a referral to court will not be made.
Thank you for your efforts to ensure regular attendance. If you have any questions regarding truancy procedures, you may contact the campus office, or call Marva Harrison, MISD Truancy Facilitator at 761-5678 ext. 2890.
For more information regarding MISD Family Focus classes as part of a student's attendance contract, please go to this MISD Family Focus link.