Do You Have Questions About Attendance, Truancy and the Law?
Texas law is clear that children must attend school. Willis ISD always works closely with parents and students to make every effort to help students and their families follow the law regarding school attendance. Should a student have multiple unexcused absences and a pattern of failing to attend school regularly, the law is clear that the matter becomes the jurisdiction of the court system. In such cases, resolution of the issue is entirely in the hands of the court.
Texas Education Code 25.0951 states that:
If a student fails to attend school without excuse on ten or more days or parts of days within a six-month period in the same school year, the District shall within ten school days of the student’s tenth absence:
- File a complaint against the student or the student’s parent or both in a county, justice, or municipal court for an offense under Education Code 25.093 or 25.094, as appropriate, or refer the student to a juvenile court in a county with a population of less than 100,000; or
- Refer the student to a juvenile court for conduct indicating a need for supervision under Family Code 51.03(b)(2).