Texas Truancy Law
This most recent truancy law was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott in 2015. The law changed the truancy offense from being criminal to civil. Below is a summary of the changes.
If a student fails to attend school for three or more days (unexcused), in part or whole, within a four-week period, the student’s parents will receive a warning letter from the district. The letter ask the parent to contact the school to schedule a meeting with officials to discuss his/her child’s absences and to collaborate in the development of
Truancy Prevention Measures.
A truancy prevention measure will be put into place at this time, and can be one of the following:
o Behavior improvement plan
o School-based community service
o Refer student to counseling, mediation, mentoring, a teen court program, community-based services or other in-school or out-of-school service aimed at preventing a student’s truancy
If a student fails to attend school for 10 or more days (unexcused), in part or whole, within a 6-month period, the school is required to refer the student and/or parent to a truancy court for prosecution.
For more information, you can speak with your student’s campus behavior coordinator.
Campus Behavior Coordinators
Michael McDonald, Duncanville High School
Tijuana Hudson, Mary E. Smithey PACE High School
Mekasha Brown, Summit Learning Center
Kendria Davis-Martin, Byrd Middle School
Monica Smith, Kennemer Middle School
Bryan Byrd, Reed Middle School
Tamra Thompson, Brandenburg Intermediate
Kim Edmondson, Daniel Intermediate
Melanie Lewis, Hardin Intermediate
Kyalla Bowens, Acton Elementary
Erin Frye, Alexander Elementary
Valerie Nelms-Harris, Bilhartz Elementary
TBA, Central Elementary
TBA, Fairmeadows Elementary
Wendy Simpson-Tate, Hastings Elementary
Brandee King, Hyman Elementary
Tanji Towels, Merrifield Elementary
Kellee Stephens, Smith Elementary