Compulsory Attendance Guidelines
According to the Student Attendance Accounting Handbook:
PK and kindergarten students are subject to compulsory school attendance rules while they are enrolled in school. Upon enrollment in prekindergarten (PK) or kindergarten, a child must attend school. SOFSOF1 However, if a child has not reached mandatory compulsory attendance age (6 years old as of September 1st of the current school year) the child's parent or guardian may withdraw the student from school, and the child will not be in violation of compulsory attendance rules.
This applies to ALL students enrolled in Willis lSD beginning with students enrolled in PPCD as part of the Pre-Kindergarten program through grade 12.
Once a student has enrolled in WISD and they fail to attend school then the campus will follow board policy on
failure to comply with compulsory attendance.
Failure to Comply with Compulsory Attendance
School employees must investigate and report violations of the state compulsory attendance law. A student absent without permission from school; from any class; from required special programs, such as additional special instruction, termed "accelerated instruction" by the state; or from required tutorials will be considered in violation of the compulsory attendance law and subject to disciplinary action.
A court of law may also impose penalties against both the student and his or her parents if a school- aged student is deliberately not attending school. A complaint against the parent may be filed in court if the student:
*Is absent from school on ten or more days or parts of days within a six-month period in the
Same school year, or
*Is absent on three or more days or parts of days within a four-week period.
Parent's Note after an Absence
A student absent from school for any portion of a school day shall provide a note that describes the reason for the absence. The note shall be signed by the student's parent or, if the student is 18 or older or is an emancipated minor, by the student.
In lieu of a note, the District shall accept e-mail notice or a telephone call.
Doctor’s Note after an Absence for Illness
Upon return to school, a student absent for more than three consecutive days because of a personal illness must bring a statement from a doctor or health clinic verifying the illness or condition that caused the student's extended absence from school.
Should the student develop a questionable pattern of absences, the principal or attendance committee may require a statement from a doctor or health clinic verifying the illness or condition that caused the student's absence from school.
1 TEC, §25.085(c)