Chronic Absence Students: Students with Less Than 90% Attendance

  • A student is considered to be chronically absent if his/her absences (both excused and unexcused) add up to more than 10% of the days the student is in school. This is commonly referred to as the "90% rule."

    According to the Texas Education Code, Sections 25.092(a) and (a-1): 

    Except as provided by this section, a student in any grade level from kindergarten through grade 12 may not be given credit or a final grade for a class unless the student is in attendance for at least 90 percent of the days the class is offered.

    A student who is in attendance for at least 75 percent but less than 90 percent of the days a class is offered may be given credit or a final grade for the class if the student completes a plan approved by the school's principal that provides for the student to meet the instructional requirements of the class.

Chronic Absences
  • As a courtesy to parents, a warning notification is sent to parents/guardians when a student is in danger of falling below 90% attendance based on both excused and unexcused absences.  You may be asked to contact your child's school to set up a conference to discuss your child's absences.

    If there are special circumstances involved concerning your child’s absences, please notify the campus administrator and/or counselor as soon as possible. Resources are often available to assist families who are in difficult circumstances, and your child’s administrator and counselor can assist you with investigating potential solutions.