In Texas, children between the ages of 6 and 18, depending on when the child's birthday falls, are required to attend school unless otherwise exempted by law. School employees investigate and report violations of the state compulsory attendance law.
State Attendance Requirements
At the beginning of the school year all parents/guardians will be notified in writing of the state attendance requirements. Under the law, if the student is absent from school on ten (10) or more days or parts of days within a six-month period in the same school year:
- The student’s parent/guardian is subject to prosecution in accordance with TEC 25.093.
- The student, if age appropriate, is subject to referral to a truancy court for truant conduct under Section 25.0915.
Excessive absences will result in loss of credit unless the student makes up the missed work in an acceptable alternative manner including but not limited to: Saturday School, Summer School, or after school hours. An unusual extenuating circumstance is a basis for appeal to the principal.
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