The Texas Education Code, Section 25.085, states that a child is required to attend school each school day for the entire period the program of instruction is provided, unless exempted by law.
A student is in violation of truancy when the student is absent 10 or more days, or parts of days, within a six-month period in the same school year, or when a student is absent three or more days, or parts of days, within a four-week period.
Keller ISD will address, and support attendance laws as follows:
- Campus automated phone calls to parents and guardians will be made notifying you when your student has been marked absent. It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to provide current contact information to the school.
- Students will be issued a warning notice when the student has absences without an excuse on three days, or parts of days, in a four-week period or five or more days, or parts of days, during the school year. Campuses may also request a conference with the student and parent/guardian to implement truancy prevention measures.
- A student with absences of five or more days, or parts of days, during the school year may be required to participate in the Truancy Intervention Program (TIP). The TIP is an information-based intervention program offered to parents and students as an intervention measure before a student receives a referral to truancy court.
- If a student fails to attend school without an excuse for 10 or more days, or parts of days, within a six-month period in the same school year, students 12 and older, may be referred to the prosecutor of the truancy court of Tarrant County. The court can also file a criminal complaint against parents or guardians who contribute to the non-attendance of his/her student, regardless of the student’s age.
To report your student absences from school please call or email the campus attendance office as soon as possible.