recently completed legislative session, the 84th Texas Legislature
approved – and Governor Greg Abbott signed into law – legislation that makes
changes to the current truancy law. The new law changes the truancy offense
from being criminal to civil, and goes into effect on Tuesday, September 1.
Below is a summary of the changes.
student fails to attend school for three
or more days (unexcused), in part or whole, within a four-week period, the
student’s parents will receive a warning letter from the district. The letter
ask the parent to contact the school to schedule a meeting with officials to
discuss his/her child’s absences and to collaborate in the development of Truancy Prevention Measures.
truancy prevention measure will be put into place at this time, and can be
one of the following:
student to counseling, mediation, mentoring, a teen court program,
community-based services or other in-school or out-of-school service aimed at
preventing a student’s truancy
student fails to attend school for 10 or
more days (unexcused), in part or whole, within a 6-month period, the school
is required to refer the student and/or parent to a truancy court for prosecution.