Important Attendance Notification
TO ALL PARENTS AND/OR GUARDIANS OF SAMUEL CLEMENS STUDENTS:
It is our obligation to inform you of the State of Texas’ mandatory attendance law which requires that every student must attend school at least ninety (90%) percent of the days a class if offered in order to receive credit for the class. A student, who attends fewer than 90% of the days a class is offered, may be referred to the Attendance Review Committee to determine whether there are extenuating circumstances for the excessive absences and how the student can regain credit. The 90% rule is defined as missing no more than nine (9) days per semester per class – regardless if the absences are excused or unexcused. The only absences that will not be factored in to the 90% are:
a. School related absences;
b. Religious holy days;
c. Required court appearances;
d. Activities related to obtaining United States citizenship.
Under state law, the school will use one or more of several options set out below in remedying an excessive attendance situation:
1. Place student on a behavior contract for failure to attend school for ninety (90%) percent of the days a class is offered;
2. Loss of credit for the course(s) where attendance is over the State limit;
3. Withhold distributing of a VOE form in order for a student to obtain a driver’s license;
4. Revoke enrollment in school if the student is nineteen (19) years or older;
5. Require the student to attend Attendance Sessions with Connections Counseling Services.
Additionally, if your student has an excessive number of unexcused absences and/or tardies, truancy charges could be filed against you according to the Compulsory School Attendance Law [Texas Education Code Section 25.085], or if your child is a student eighteen (18) years of age or older, truancy charges could be filed against the student.
Texas Education Code Section 25.095 WARNING NOTICE
If a student is absent without an excuse for ten (10) or more days or parts of days in a six (6)-month period or three (3) or more days or parts of days in a four (4) week period, the student’s parent or legal guardian is subject to prosecution under Section 25.093.
It is the parent’s duty to monitor the student’s school attendance, require the student to attend school, and request a conference with a school official to discuss excessive absences and/or tardies.
There are many instances where a parent and/or guardian provides a note for attendance purposes to their child to deliver, and for whatever reason the note does not reach the Attendance Office. In the best interest of the child and his/her attendance record, please monitor your child's attendance using your Gradebook account.
If there is a concern with your child's attendance, please employ the following chain of command:
1. Contact your child's teacher(s)
2. Contact the Clemens attendance clerk at (210) 945-6520
3. Contact your child's assistant principal
If you share parental responsibilities with another person not in your household please share this information with the other parent and/or guardian.