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Compulsory Attendance Law / LOSIT

STUDENTS MUST ATTEND SCHOOL EVERY DAY

IT’S THE LAW!

Any child at the age of 6 by September 1 (2013) must attend school until his/her 18th birthday.

Any child who is younger than 6, once enrolled, is subject to Compulsory Attendance Laws.

When is a student in violation of the compulsory attendance law?

                        A student who has three absences and/or tardies in a 4-week time period or 10 unexcused absences in a 6-month time period is determined to be in violation of the Compulsory AttendanceLaw.

What happens if a student is in violation of the compulsory attendance law?

Parents are subject to prosecution for Contributing to Non-attendance:
 
If their child has 10 or more days of unexcused absences and/or tardies within a 6-month period,
                     or 3 or more days of unexcused absence and/or tardy within a four-week period.

What is an unexcused absence?

An unexcused absence is an absence that does not fall within the state or district guidelines (see excused

absences) despite documentation meeting district time lines.

What is an excused absence?

The following are approved district absences (if documented):

  •   Medical illness (After 4 consecutive days or habitual absences, students must have documentation from a medical professional.)

  •   Medical appointments,screenings,etc.

  •   Required court proceedings

  •   Approved college visitations (for Juniors and Seniors only)

  •   Religious holy days

  • All of the criteria listed above must have adequate documentation. If the documentation is not presented to the campus upon the student returning to school, then the absences become unexcused. If you receive an attendance letter from Clear Creek Intermediate, a note from parent(s) will not be sufficient documentation for the absence to be excused. Only doctor documentation will count as an excused absence. A phone call from the parent may be accepted, but the district reserves the right to require a written note. Please note that, unless the absence is for a statutorily allowed reason under compulsory attendance laws, the district is not required to excuse any absence. If you have questions about documentation, please contact please contact Clear Creek Intermediate at 940-458-7476. 

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Loss of Significant Instructional Time (LOSIT)

 

If a student is habitually late or frequently leaves early, the school can take court action to ensure your child receives the maximum amount of instructional time daily.  The TEC (Texas Education Code): Sec.25.094 states, “(a) An individual commits an offense if the individual fails to attend school on 10 or more days or parts of days within a six-month period in the same school year or on three or more days or parts of days within a four week period.”

 

In grades Pre K-5, “parts of days” may be defined as 15 minutes or more of instructional time throughout the day.  If a student consistently misses any part of the school day including, but not limited to coming in late or leaving early, a Clear Creek Intermediate School letter will be sent to parents warning them of possible court action if the LOSIT continues.

 

As always, we appreciate your continued support of Clear Creek Intermediate School.  Please contact the school at (940)-458-7476 if you have any questions concerning your child’s attendance.