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Connecting the Dots Towards Graduation. Parents and Students Working Together for Success. Purpose. Solve problems that are keeping students from getting to school everyday Show the connection between attendance and academic success Parental involvement

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connecting the dots towards graduation

Connecting the Dots Towards Graduation

Parents and Students Working Together for Success

  • Solve problems that are keeping students from getting to school everyday
  • Show the connection between attendance and academic success
  • Parental involvement
  • Learn about AISD , campus and community resources
  • Answer questions about Texas state law, truancy filings and AISD policies
texas compulsory school attendance law
Texas Compulsory School Attendance Law
  • (a) A child who is required to attend school under this section shall attend school each school day for the entire period the program of instruction is provided.
  • Unless specifically exempted by Section 25.086, 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 shall attend school.
  • (c)  On enrollment in prekindergarten or kindergarten, a child shall attend school.
texas attendance law
Texas attendance Law

Texas state law requires that all students who have not reached their 18th birthday must be in attendance 90% of the days a class is offered.

Did you know?

Students with too many unexcused absences may NOT be issued credit for their course(s) even if they have a passing grade.

truancy filings
Truancy Filings

Austin ISD can file a complaint against a parent/guardian in court if a student has 3 unexcused “days or parts of day absences” within a 4-week period

  • Part of days-means arriving late (tardy) or leaving before the end of the school day
  • AISD must file a complaint if a student has 10 or more absences during a six month period
aisd truancy filings
AISD Truancy Filings
  • Truancy means “skipping class”
  • Austin ISD can prosecute a student OR parent/guardian in Travis County Court if a student has:
      • 3 unexcused “days or parts of day absences” within one month
      • OR
      • 10 unexcused “days or parts of day absences” within a 6-month period
  • Fines may be as much as $500.
  • There is an appeal process.
when is an absence excused
When Is An Absence Excused?

Absences are excused IF the student was:

  • Participating in an extracurricular activity (Band, Field Trips, Sports, etc.)
  • Spending time with a mentor
  • Attending a MEDICAID Appointment
  • Involved in court proceedings
  • Involved in a Human Services appointment
  • Observing a religious Holy Day
  • Having a personal illness or doctor’s appointment (with a doctor’s note)
  • Or due to a reason that is pre-approved by the Principal
more information about absences
more Information About Absences

If a student is absent for a reason not on the previous slide, it is “unexcused”

If a student has missed 50% of a class, he/she will be counted absent

A written note is required for ALL absences and must be turned in to the Attendance Clerk NOT the teacher, located in the main office within 2 days

If a student is out sick for 3 or more days, a doctor’s note is required

A parent, sibling, or student’s child illness is NOT an excusable absence


Tardy means arriving to class after the bell has rung

Consequences for tardies are handled by school administration

ways aisd communicates with parents
Ways AISD Communicates With Parents
  • Teachers may call you with concerns about your student
  • The “Messenger” automated phone system sends messages to your phone every time your child is absent from school
  • AISD Central Office sends home a letter when you child has 3 or more absences
improving school parent communication
Improving School-Parent Communication

If you have not received any phone calls from teachers or the school about your child’s absences


If you have not received letters or progress reports in the mail from the school



Please give a current light bill and current phone number(s) to the Attendance Clerk!

what to do if
What To Do If…
  • Your student has failing grades, attendance or behavior problems: Call the teacher to schedule a parent/teacher conference in his/her conference period
  • You get an AISD attendance letter: Go to the school & talk with the Attendance Clerk
  • You get a notice of court filing: Go to the school & ask to talk with the Dropout Prevention Specialist or appropriate staff member


who can help me
Who Can Help Me…
  • Teacher
  • Teacher Aides
  • Assistant Principal
  • Principal
  • Attendance Clerk/ Office Staff
  • Nurse
  • Parent Support Specialist
  • Social Service Specialist (SSS)
  • Child Study Team
  • After School Programs
  • Homebound Services
  • Dropout Prevention Specialist
  • Communities In Schools (CIS)
parent connection
Parent Connection
  • Internet-based program that will let parents see:
    • Kindergarten – 2nd Grade:
      • Attendance
      • Report Cards
      • Calendar
    • 3rd Grade – 12th Grade:
      • Assignment
      • Grades
      • Attendance
      • Report Cards
      • And more…

For more information, contact the Parent Connection Facilitator at your child’s school.