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.
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)
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.