Questions
1)  Why did I receive a letter from my child's school regarding his/her attendance?
2)  Why did the campus mark my child's absence as unexcused even though I sent a note/called to say he/she would be out?
3)  Why did you leave a notice on my door?
4)  Why did I receive a citation?
5)  When is my court date?
6)  How much is/how or where do I pay my fines?
7)  If my child refuses to go to school can you come get him/her?
8)  How do I request a parent conference?
9)  I work late. Can I speak with someone after hours?
10)  How late is your office open?
11)  Can my child drop-out/stop attending school at 17?
 
Answers
1)  Q Why did I receive a letter from my child's school regarding his/her attendance?
A
Campuses are required to send parents written notification once a child reaches their 2nd Unexcused Absence,10th Day of Tardiness or 5th Absence (Excused or Unexcused) in a Trimester.
2)  Q Why did the campus mark my child's absence as unexcused even though I sent a note/called to say he/she would be out?
A

The Parent/Student or Physician (if sent via fax) did not turn in the excuse note or did not turn it within 72 hours of the absence in question.

 The absence in question was due to a family vacation or another reason other than student illness,funeral or approved religious holiday. Please refer to the attendance section of the Student Code of Conduct for guidelines.

The absence in question may have required a physicians note in order to be excused due to excessive absences, resulting in a violation of the 90% rule. Please refer to the attendance section of the Student Code of Conduct for guidelines.

Please contact the campus attendance office. All attendance records are maintained by the schools. Changes to your child's attendance cannot be made by the truancy department.

3)  Q Why did you leave a notice on my door?
A
A yellow notice is left on your door to inform you that a truancy officer attempted to visit with you at your residence regarding a referral from your child's school. Please contact our office at (817) 399-2611 to speak with a truancy officer.
4)  Q Why did I receive a citation?
A
Citations are written by district truancy officers for violating the laws governing compulsory attendance in Texas schools. Please see the documents page for more information on truancy laws.
5)  Q When is my court date?
A
Once a citation has been issued you will need to contact the court in the city of which you were ticketed for information on court dates, fines, warrants and plea information. Please visit the documents and links page for more information on contacting the local municipal courts.
6)  Q How much is/how or where do I pay my fines?
A
Once a citation has been issued you will need to contact the court in the city of which you were ticketed for information on court dates, fines, warrants and plea information. Please visit the documents and links page for more information on contacting the local municipal courts.
7)  Q If my child refuses to go to school can you come get him/her?
A
Truancy officers cannot force a child to come to school. However, a truancy officer may be able to conduct a home visit to stress the importance of regular attendance to both the student and parent. Please contact our office via e-mail or by telephone at (817) 399-2611 to request a scheduled home visit.
8)  Q How do I request a parent conference?
A
Parent conferences can be conducted at the child's school or home or in our office. Please contact our office via e-mail or by telephone at (817) 399-2611 to schedule a parent conference.
9)  Q I work late. Can I speak with someone after hours?
A
After hours conferences, home visits and telephone calls will be made by appointment on a case by case basis. Please contact our office at (817) 399-2611 and leave a message that includes your name, your child's name and campus, as well as a return phone number and the best time to reach you.
10)  Q How late is your office open?
A
Our office hours are from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday, excluding school holidays. Please see the 2013-2014 academic calendar for a list of school holidays, teacher workdays and other school closings.
11)  Q Can my child drop-out/stop attending school at 17?
A
The truancy department encourages all students to remain in school and complete their course work to obtain their high school diploma. Additionally the compulsory attendance laws for the state of Texas require any child under the age of 18 to attend school unless exempt by Sec.25.086. Please visit our documents and links page for more information on compulsory attendance laws.