As of November 2013, Leander ISD has implemented a new and updated system for contacting parents through the mail. This notifies parents of excessive or unexcused absences, informs parents about specific attendance issues and hopefully assists parents to avoid student truancies. The key purpose of this program and system is to work with our parents and students on the importance of regular attendance which gives schools the best opportunity to provide a quality education for all children.
The first truancy letter informs parents of unexcused absences as defined by Texas Education Code Laws. If absences continue and a second letter is sent home, parents will be asked to conference with the school administrator to review absences, work on solutions to address attendance issues, and discuss what may occur if unexcused or excessive absences continue. A third letter due to continued unexcused absences may require parents to appear before a Truancy Court Judge.
It is imperative that parents contact the school to excuse student absences within 48 hours and avoid unnecessary and frequent absences, arriving late or leaving early. We understand that there are certainly illnesses and circumstances where a student may have to miss school, but we, at New Hope High School, need and expect to have students attend every day possible. We have made a commitment to work with our parents to accomplish this goal.
Thank you for your efforts to have your child attend school on time and regularly each and every day. We know a majority of our students and families have good attendance habits and we appreciate the efforts that parents make in order to have this happen. If you have any questions regarding the new attendance system or your child’s attendance, please call or email Mary Bauer, NHHS Attendance Clerk, at 512-570-2212 or email@example.com.