Attendance

Absences Add Up #school everyday

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Showing up on time every day is important to your child’s success and learning from preschool forward.

Missing 10% of school (1 or 2 days every few weeks) can make it harder to:

  • Gain early reading and math skills.

  • Build relationships.

  • Develop good attendance habits.

Work with your child and his/her teacher to develop your child’s strong attendance.

  • Set a regular bedtime and morning routine.

  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.

  • Share ideas with other parents for getting to school on time.

  • Keep your child healthy and make sure your child has the required shots.

Build the Habit of Good Attendance

  • Ask family members or neighbors for assistance if you need help getting your child to school.

  • Call the transportation office to sign your child up for bus transportation inf needed.

  • Try to schedule medical appointments and extended trips when school is not in session.

  • If you are concerned your child may have Covid-19, keep your child home and call your school for advice.

  • If your child seems anxious about school, talk to the program director, teacher, doctor, or other parents for advice.

State Law Requires Your Child to Attend School

Good attendance is important for many reasons. Your child receives the maximum benefit of education by being in school every day, and numerous studies show a strong link between academic performance and consistent attendance. Because attendance is so critical for the quality of your child’s education, Texas has a compulsory attendance law.

State law requires children to attend school each day that instruction is provided. The law applies to children ages 6–19. If you voluntarily enroll your child in prekindergarten or kindergarten before age 6, school attendance laws apply to your child, too. A person who voluntarily enrolls in or attends school after turning 19 is also required to attend for the entire period of the program of instruction.

The following are a few exceptions:

  • Children who are enrolled in a private or parochial school

  • Children who are home-schooled

  • Students who are 17 years old and enrolled in a GED (high school equivalency) program

  • Students who are 17 years old and have received a high school diploma or GED certificate

Excessive absences

Both the child and parent are responsible for unexcused absences. Yes, even if your child is 16 years old and skips class without you knowing, you are considered responsible!

After too many unexcused absences, the school is required to notify the parent. A compulsory attendance notification will be sent to the parent if a student has unexcused absences on 10 or more days or parts of days within a six-month period or three days or parts of days during a four-week period. Notice it says “parts of days.” This means that leaving school early, or arriving excessively late in the day, even if the child attended for some of the day, may count as an absence.

The compulsory attendance letter gives the parent notice that the student has accumulated too many unexcused absences and gives the parent a chance to correct the child’s attendance record.

A student with excessive absences may also be subject to truancy prevention measures. These measures may include a behavior improvement plan, school-based community service, or a referral to counseling, mediation, or teen court. A student who is between the ages of 12 to 18 may also be referred to a truancy court within 10 school days of the student's tenth unexcused absence. In addition, parents may be criminally charged or fined if their child continues to miss school.

The 90 percent rule

In addition to compulsory attendance law, districts are required to enforce the 90 percent rule, which states that students in grades K-12 must attend class for 90 percent of the time it is offered to receive credit or a final grade. The 90 percent rule applies to most absences, including excused absences. If the student doesn’t meet this requirement, an attendance committee may grant the student credit or a final grade, depending on the circumstances.

Contact the attendance clerk

If you have questions about an absence or need to submit an attendance note, you can either reach out on ParentSquare or submit an email to the appropriate campus

Email

Snyder Primary (grades PreK-3)

primaryattendance@snyderisd.net

Snyder Intermediate (4-5)

intermediateattendance@snyderisd.net

Snyder Junior High (6-8)

jhattendance@snyderisd.net

Snyder High School (9-12)

hsattendance@snyderisd.net

ParentSquare

Parents and Guardians can view Attendance Notices on their app or website and can submit notes back to the school.

attendance notice example

  1. Click send note to school.

example of attendance note

  1. Enter the reason for the absence and click Submit

example of sick note