Tips to Improve Your Child's Attendance
Ultimately, parents are responsible for getting their children to school. Here are a few tips to consider:
- Schedule doctor’s appointments before or after school or during holidays.
- If your child is ill, email the Attendance Clerk the first morning of their absence.
- Arrive to school on time and attend every class period.
- Make school attendance a habit. This can carry over when seeking employment.
- Make sure your child’s job does not require working during the school day or after 10 p.m. on school nights.
- Ask for help from your campus counselor if you are having trouble with your child.
2021-22 School Year
Parent Information About Attendance
Daily attendance in school is a strong indicator of future success. In addition, students earn course credits by meeting the course requirements AND attending classes. Texas Education Code states that students must be present in class 90% of the time in order for a student to earn course credit or promotion to the next grade level. Attendance is also an important factor for FBISD funding.
For the 2021-2022 school year, students will be onsite at their prospective campus engaged in face-to-face (pre-COVID-19) academic instruction and attendance-taking.
There will be no remote learning options for attendance funding, per the State of Texas.
Per the Student Attendance Accounting Handbook provided by Texas Education Agency, a student is either present or absent at the official attendance-taking time, known as SNAPSHOT. Each campus attendance is determined by the number of students present at the district-designated snapshot time. All FBISD students should be on time daily and accounted for to ensure academic continuity and to maximize learning. Students who do not meet the 90% Texas-required attendance may be in jeopardy of being denied course credit or not being promoted to the next grade level. Each campus has a designated Campus Attendance Committee who meet regularly to determine and review students who are not complying with the 90% attendance mandate.
To ensure academic engagement and successful learning, all students should be present daily by snapshot and remain academically engaged all day:
- Elementary school snapshot time is 10:00 AM.
- Middle school snapshot time is 10:15 AM.
- High school snapshot time is 10:00 AM.
Parents and guardians should always submit absence notes to campus attendance personnel when their child is not present, even if the child is sent home due to illness or for quarantine reasons. Submitting a note for an absence will be determined to be excused or unexcused by the appropriate personnel on the campus. Parents and guardians should contact their child’s school if they have any questions. Unexcused absences can increase chances of truancy-based infractions against students.
Remember: all students should be present daily. Failure to be in school once enrolled can result in a student not receiving course credit or not being promoted to the next grade level, per the Campus Attendance Committee. All denials of course credit or promotions are appealable via the Campus Attendance Committee.
Did you know?Poor attendance can influence whether children read proficiently by the end of third grade or be held back.
Did you know?By sixth grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.
Did you know?Even if absences are excused, a student must attend a class 90 percent of the time to receive credit for a semester?
Dr. Julie Guillory
Director Student Attendance
Coordinator Campus Data
Kathryn (Kathy) Newby
Data Quality Specialist