Fort Bend ISD recognizes the value and importance of school attendance and looks forward to educating your children during the 2018-19 school year. Our District team has revised the attendance procedures so that communication is increased and assistance is given to any family struggling with chronic unexcused absences. Presence in school is a strong indicator of future success. We encourage regular attendance and look forward to a successful school year with your child.
Truancy is the act of failing or refusing to attend school. FBISD enforces the Texas Compulsory Attendance laws of the State of Texas. The Student Attendance Specialists work closely with the campuses to collect attendance data, coordinate automated phone messages to parents when a child is absent, issue warning letters, #Attend2Achieve Truancy Diversion Program notices and referrals to appear in court. Below, you will find the information on the #Attend2Acheive Truancy Diversion Program (TDP). For more information on FBISD's Truancy enforcement and Texas Compulsory Attendance laws, please refer to the Student Parent Handbook.
Fort Bend ISD Attendance Procedures
If a student is absent, an automated phone call and email are sent to the parents. Upon the student’s return, a note of excuse must be presented within 5 days of the absence. Once received by the campus, the absence will be marked either excused or unexcused. If a student receives 3 unexcused absences within a 4 week period or 5 total unexcused absences in a semester, a warning letter will be mailed, emailed, and an automated phone call will be made to the parents. If a student accumulates 5 unexcused absences during a semester, an #Attend2Achieve Truancy Diversion Program invitation will be mailed and emailed to the home, an automated phone call will be made to the parents and the campus will implement truancy prevention measures. If a student accrues 10 unexcused absences in a 6 month period, a referral may be sent to the appropriate authorities. For more information on Fort Bend ISD attendance procedures, helpful resources, as well as questions about attendance, please visit www.fortbendisd.com/attendance
#Attend2Achieve Truancy Diversion Program (TDP)
The #Attend2Achieve Truancy Diversion Program (TDP) is an information-based intervention program offered to parents and students as a preventative measure to educate parents/guardians and students who are experiencing truancy problems about the consequences associated with unexcused absences. In addition, the program identifies available and appropriate resources for families who are experiencing issues that may be contributing to a student’s truancy. The TDP is offered to students and parents with truancy issues once during each school year. Upon completion of the#Attend2Achieve TDP, a Commitment Agreement will be presented for signature as acknowledgment of attending the class, as well as their improved attendance moving forward. We understand that there are a variety of factors that could contribute to a student's unexcused absences, and this Commitment Agreement is intended to help customize the truancy prevention measures for your student.
The TDP is offered on most Wednesdays at Wheeler Field House, located at Mercer Stadium 16403 Lexington Blvd. Sugar Land, Texas, 77479. For more information, as well as instructions for taking the course online, please visit www.fortbendisd.com/TDP