"On Time... All the Time"
What is the Compulsory Attendance Law in Texas?
A child who is at least six years of age, or who is younger than six years of age and has previously been enrolled in first grade, and who has not yet reached the child’s 18th birthday, shall attend school. On enrollment in pre-kindergarten or kindergarten, a child shall attend school. (Texas Education Code Sec. 25.085)
How Can I Help My Child Understand the Importance of Attendance?
There are many ways that you as a parent/guardian can impress upon your student the importance of attendance.
- Set the Example: Make education and attendance a priority in your household. Keep a positive attitude when discussing school and the importance of education.
- "School is a Job” Strategy: Convey the importance of attendance by making an analogy to the real world. Just as we have to go to work to make money, we have to go to school to achieve success. The pay that the student receives is good grades, scholarships, and a bright future.
Why is attendance important to the district?
Beaumont ISD as well as all Texas schools receive funding based on a formula called Average Daily Attendance (ADA). Based on a district’s ADA the state determines how much funding a school district receives. If ADA dollars are lost due to low attendance, this causes the district to have to find other funding sources and trim other areas of the budget to make up for any shortfalls.
What is BISD’s Attendance Goal?
While it is neither logical nor possible to achieve 100% attendance, our goal is to get as close to the 100% mark as possible. Currently BISD’s goal for the district as well as campuses is 96%. This percentage allows for the inevitable student illnesses, life situations, unavoidable appointments, etc. While we recognize that situations arise that are out of our control, absences should only occur when absolutely necessary.
What Can I Do If My Child Refuses to Go to School or is Skipping School?
Unfortunately, this can sometimes occur particularly in the adolescent and high school years when students begin to have a little more freedom. It is very important that parents/guardians get to the root of the issue. Often times truancy and chronic absenteeism may be symptoms of a greater issue such as poor self-image, depression, inability to make new friends, drug and alcohol problems, negative peer pressure, abuse, poor academic skills, and family and financial difficulties.
- Check report cards, progress reports, and parent self serve to monitor conduct and absences and grades.
- Make sure the district has your correct phone number and email address so that you can be contacted by our automated notification system in the event your child is absent.