Attendance Counts

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  • 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.

2020-21 School Year

  • Parent Information About Attendance

    Daily attendance in school is a strong indicator of future success.  In addition, students earn course credit 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 important for funding purposes.

    To start the 2020-2021 school year, our students will be engaging in remote learning through synchronous (online) and asynchronous (offline) instruction.

    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. Students in grades PK-2 will be engaged asynchronously. Elementary students in grades 3-5 AND secondary school students in grades 6-12 need to be online and participating in their synchronous class each day.  Secondary school students need to be online with their teacher each time each course is offered, as attendance will be taken synchronously each day. Failure to be online can result in a student being denied course credit or not being promoted to the next grade level.

    To ensure academic engagement and successful learning, all students should be participating in remote instruction; students in grades 3-12 should be online (synchronously) daily. Parents and guardians should still submit absence notes to campus attendance personnel when their child is not present. The Texas Education Agency has notified all districts that the 90% attendance rule and truancy laws are in effect this school year. Parents and guardians should contact their child’s school if they have questions.

    In September, some FBISD students began transitioning to on-campus learning. Face-to-face (F2F) students are to follow attendance protocols that were in place prior to the pandemic. All FBISD students, whether F2F or online, should be in attendance 90% of the time a class is offered. Failure to be present 90% of the time that a class is offered can result in a student being denied course credit or not being promoted to the next grade level. Students who report onsite for F2F learning must be onsite 90% of the time the class is offered. Online students who log into Teams and engage synchronously must do so 90% of the time the online course is offered. Students in F2F, onsite classes cannot decide to engage asynchronously—this could result in a student not receiving course credit, 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?

Contact Us

  • Dr. Julie Guillory
    Director Student Attendance
    (281) 634-6823

    Candi Ihnen
    PEIMS Coordinator
    (281) 634-3121

    Barbara Belter
    Coordinator Campus Data
    (281) 634-1482

    Kathryn (Kathy) Newby
    Data Quality Specialist
    (281) 634-3122

    Anne Amy
    Specialist PEIMS/ADA
    (281) 634-6490

    Ann Domenic
    Specialist PEIMS/ADA
    (281) 634-1436