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.