• ABSENCES/ATTENDANCE (As Stated in the AISD Student Handbook

    Regular school attendance is essential for a student to make the most of his or her education—to benefit from teacher-led and school activities, to build each day’s learning on the previous day’s, and to grow as an individual. Absences from class may result in serious disruption of a student’s mastery of the instructional materials; therefore, the student and parent should make every effort to avoid unnecessary absences.

    Compulsory Attendance

    State law requires that a student between the ages of six and 18 attend school, as well as any applicable accelerated instruction program, extended year program, or tutorial session, unless the student is otherwise excused from attendance or legally exempt.

    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.

    For a student younger than 12 years of age, the student’s parent could be charged with a criminal offense based on the student’s failure to attend school.

    If a student age 12 through age 17 violates the compulsory attendance law, both the parent and student could be charged with a criminal offense.

    [See policy FEA(LEGAL).]