FEA(LOCAL) - ATTENDANCE: COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE
Note: This local policy has been revised in accordance with the District's innovation plan.
Students in violation of the compulsory attendance law shall be reported to the District attendance officer, who may institute court action as provided by law.
In addition to excused absences required by law, the District shall excuse absences for the following purposes.
Higher Education Visits
In accordance with the District's innovation plan, the District shall excuse a student for up to two days during the student's freshman year, two days during the student's sophomore year, four days during the student's junior year, and four days during the student's senior year to visit an accredited institution of higher education. A student shall be required to submit verification of such visits in accordance with administrative regulations.
Armed Services Enlistment
The District shall excuse a student 17 years of age or older for up to four days during his or her enrollment in high school for activities related to pursuing enlistment in a branch of the U.S. Armed Services or Texas National Guard. A student shall be required to submit verification of such activities in accordance with administrative regulations.
Early Voting or Election Clerk
The District shall excuse a student for up to two days per school year to serve as an early voting or election clerk. A student shall be required to submit verification of service in accordance with administrative regulations.
[For extracurricular activity absences, see FM.]
Withdrawal for Nonattendance
The District may initiate withdrawal of a student under the age of 19 for nonattendance under the following conditions:
- The student has been absent ten consecutive school days; and
- Repeated efforts by the attendance officer and/or principal to locate the student have been unsuccessful.
[For District-initiated withdrawal of students 19 or older, see FEA(LEGAL).]
Students Attending Homeschools
Students who are homeschooled are exempt from the compulsory attendance law to the same extent as students enrolled in other private schools.
Adequate documentation of homeschooling for withdrawal shall consist of either a statement of withdrawal in accordance with FD(LOCAL) indicating the date homeschooling began, or a signed and dated letter from a parent or guardian indicating that his or her child is being homeschooled and the date the homeschooling began.
The District may request from a parent or guardian a letter of assurance that a child is being educated using a curriculum designed to meet basic education goals of reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics, and a study of good citizenship.
Enforcing Compulsory Attendance
If a parent or guardian refuses to submit a requested statement or letter, or if the District has evidence that a school-aged child is not being homeschooled within legal requirements, the District may investigate further and, if warranted, shall pursue legal action to enforce the compulsory attendance law.