Laws Governing Compulsory Attendance in Texas Schools

  • House Bill 2398 requires notification of the compulsory attendance laws in the state of Texas. A school district shall notify all student’s parent(s) in writing that if the student is absent on 10 or more days or parts of days within a 6 month period, the student’s parent is subject to prosecution and the student is subject to referral to truancy court for truant conduct. This letter shall serve as notification to all Prosper ISD students and parents. This letter is to meet notification requirements and does not indicate that your child is under violation of the compulsory attendance laws.

    Compulsory Attendance: Texas requires a child who is at least 6 years of age and who has not yet reached their 19th birthday to attend school, unless exempt by Sec. 25.086 of the Education Code. On enrollment in pre-kindergarten or kindergarten, a child shall attend school. A person who voluntarily enrolls in school or voluntarily attends school after the person's 19th birthday shall attend school each school day for the entire period the program of instruction is offered and is subject to the same requirements for compulsory attendance for students under 19. A “failure to attend school” violation by a student may be referred to truancy court. Additionally, except as provided by Texas Education Code 25.092, 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. 

    A parent/guardian of a school age child has the responsibility to require their child to attend school regularly. When sickness or higher obligation necessitate an absence, the parent will notify the campus of a student’s absence through Skyward Family Access (this replaces email or phone call). This electronic documentation satisfies the parent note requirement. If an absence is not electronically submitted or a doctor’s note is not electronically submitted within 2 days, the absence will be considered unexcused. A parent/guardian commits an offense of Parent Contributing to Non-Attendance under Sec. 25.093, if, after having been warned in writing, a child has unexcused voluntary absences on 10 or more days or parts of days within a 6-month period from school.

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