Truancy

Truancy
 
The Humble ISD Police Department works in conjunction with Humble ISD and its schools relating to juvenile absenteeism. The Truancy Division consists of three truancy officers dedicated to ensuring children go to school to get the education they need to thrive in this world.
 
 Warning Letter

In the warning notice that must be issued at the beginning of each school year, a district must explain that if a student is absent from school on ten or more days or parts of days within a six-month period, the student is subject to referral to truancy court. Parents remain subject to criminal prosecution.

Parent Contributing to Nonattendance

If school district is able to provide evidence of parent’s criminal negligence, may file a complaint against the parent for “parent contributing to nonattendance”. 

 Fine Range

$100 max for first offense
$200 max for second offense up to $500 for fifth or subsequent offense

Failure to Attend School

TRUANT CONDUCT - The failure to attend school on 10 or more days or parts of days within a 6-month period in the same school year, by a child who is required to attend school.

Truancy - is now a civil matter handled in truancy court under Title 3A (Chapter 65) of the Family Code.

TRUANT CHILD - A person who is 12 years of age or older and younger than 19 years of age who is required to attend school.

At VOLUNTARY ENROLLMENT OF STUDENTS 19 AND OVER, a student who voluntarily attends or enrolls after his or her 19th(rather than 18th ) birthday is required to attend school for the entire period the program of instruction is offered. HB 2398 adds a requirement for the district to send the student notice after the student’s third unexcused absence stating that the student’s enrollment can be revoked.

Duties of Attendance Officers

To investigate violation of compulsory attendance
• To apply truancy prevention measures and if appropriate, refer student to truancy court or file a complaint against a parent for parent contributing to nonattendance
• To monitor attendance compliance
• To maintain investigative records
• To make home visit or otherwise contact parent
To escort student to school either with probable cause (peace officer)

 Truancy Prevention Measures

Required to minimize referrals to truancy court must include one or more of the following:

(1)Imposition of either   

    (i) behavior improvement plan, or
   (ii) school based community service

(2)Counseling, mediation, mentoring, teen court, and community based or other services

 Resources

Triad Prevention Programs:

  • TRIAD Prevention Program operates Justice of the Peace Court Family Service Case Manager Program 
  • Provides services to students at risk of entering juvenile justice system before cases are filed
  • Serves the Courts as juvenile case managers
  • All services Provided are Free to Families:
  • Referrals to Non-Profit Programs
  • Crisis Intervention
  • PSC-17 Screenings
  • Truancy Learning Camp
  • Parent Teen Survival 
  • Parenting with Love and Limits (PLL)
 

Homeless Students & Families

The enrollment process in Humble ISD includes a Student Residency Questionnaire (SRQ) as part of our comprehensive efforts to identify students and families currently experiencing homelessness. If your current address is a temporary living arrangement and it is due to loss of housing or economic hardship, you may meet the definition of experiencing homelessness. If, due to a lack of housing, you must live in a shelter, motel, vehicle, or campground, on the street, in abandoned buildings or trailers, or doubled-up with relatives or friends, then according to the McKinney-Vento Act, you are considered homeless. The educational rights homeless students have under the McKinney-Vento Act include the right to:

  • go to school,
  • enroll in school without giving a permanent address,
  • continue attending the school they were enrolled in before the homelessness occurred when feasible; and
  • enroll in the Texas public school district of their choice with the campus designation being
  • determined by the school district.

Humble ISD may be able to offer additional assistance to students and families who are experiencing homelessness.

 
If you are in need of assistance please contact Matt Smith or Robin Guillory in the Humble ISD Homeless Education Office at 281-641-8408.
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