These guidelines are written to inform parents and educators in the McKinney Independent School District about state laws concerning compulsory attendance. Please keep in mind that this summarizes the relevant laws and policies regarding attendance, and that all school districts have their own methods of handling problems within the framework of those laws.
Please contact your campus principal or attendance personnel for specific or unique questions pertaining to attendance laws.
Value education and give it high priority in your family! Convey a positive attitude about school and treat going to school as part of the normal course of events, something that is expected of your child. Let him know that school is the most important thing in his life at this time, and that his future job opportunities will depend on how well he handles his present “job” (school). Help him develop good study and work habits and praise him when he is successful. Get to know your child’s friends as they have more influence with him at this time in his life than you do. Get personally involved in school activities, go to sporting events, attend plays and concerts, join the PTA/PTO, volunteer, read the school paper. Know what’s going on at school.
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 19th birthday, shall attend school. On enrollment in pre-kindergarten or kindergarten, a child shall attend school. (Texas Education Code Sec. 25.085)
Yes! The following classes of children are exempt from the requirements of compulsory attendance: (Texas Education Code Sec. 25.086)
If your child is not properly excused from attendance and you fail to keep him in school for the period specified by law, you will be warned, in writing, that attendance is immediately required. If, after this warning, you intentionally, knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence fail to require the child to attend school, you have committed an offense. This offense may result in the filing of a complaint against you in the Justice of the Peace Court of your resident precinct and other local courts, for engaging in the conduct described in Section 51.013 (b) (2), Family Code. (Texas Education Code Sec. 25.093)
Tardiness disrupts class and creates a disturbance to the instructional process. Tardies are considered an absence for the purpose of compulsory attendance. Students must be in their assigned seats when the tardy bell rings.
Students are considered tardy after the 8:00 AM bell. Students tardy to school must report to the office for a tardy pass to class. Students that arrive after 8:00 AM (door lock) must be signed in by a parent. Discipline for tardies will be determined by the campus (i.e. Parent conferences, Detentions, Friday School, In-School suspension)
A student is considered tardy when he/she is not in the classroom when the tardy bell rings. Discipline for tardies will be determined by the campus (i.e. Parent conferences, Detentions, Friday School, In-School suspension)
It is well known that the adolescent years are particularly stressful years for students, and making the move from elementary to middle school and middle school to high school can bring about behaviors that were not present before. However please be aware that the MISD is bound by law as well as a commitment to the child to strictly follow the compulsory state attendance laws and will file a truancy complaint with the municipal court in McKinney, Texas after the fourth (4th) unexcused absence your child has within a 4-week period or after the 10th absence within a 6-month period. Truancy and other forms of chronic school absenteeism may be symptoms of more serious problems such as poor self-image, depression, inability to make new friends, drug and alcohol problems, negative peer pressure, abuse, poor academic skills, and family and financial difficulties. When any of these or similar symptoms appear, you can help by immediately taking one or more of the following actions:
Remember that teenagers need parents who care enough to enforce rules and are available to provide help when it's needed.