Kennedale ISD believes that regular school attendance is crucial to each student's academic success. It is the District's goal to provide every KISD student with the best educational experience possible, and in order to do this, students must be in attendance to receive valuable instruction each school day. Texas Education Code requires all school districts to notify each parent/guardian annually about unexcused absences and Compulsory Attendance. This law requires children ages 6–19 to attend school every day it is in session.
In addition to the Compulsory Attendance requirement, the 90 Percent Rule states that students must be in attendance for 90 percent of the days that instruction is offered. If a student's attendance does not meet or exceed the 90 percent threshold, they may be denied credit or promotion. District policy states that all absences shall be considered in determining whether a student has attended the required percentage of days. This includes both excused and unexcused absences.
When it is necessary for your child to be absent, a signed parent note or doctor’s note must be provided to the campus immediately upon return in order for the absence to be considered as excused. Illness-related absences for more than five consecutive days require a note from a doctor or health clinic verifying the illness or condition that caused the extended absence or the student’s absence may be considered unexcused.
Should your child accumulate three unexcused absences for a day or a part of a day in a four week period or five total unexcused absences for a day or part of a day, they will be subject to Truancy Prevention Measures in an effort to deter further absences. Should your child’s pattern of absences continue and indicate ten unexcused absences for days or parts of days in a six month period, a truancy complaint may be filed on you, the parent, in county court. This filing typically results in a fine and court costs.
Please feel free to address your questions or concerns with your campus principal or the district’s Truancy Prevention Facilitator, Lisa Walsh at 817-563-8040 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more detailed information, you may refer to the KISD Student Handbook or Sections 25.085, 25.093, and 25.095 of the Texas Education Code.