• Attendance For Credit FAQs

    What is the state law about attendance? 

    According to Texas State Law, each student must be in attendance 90 percent of the days the class is offered.  The implementation of the Attendance for Credit Initiative is to ensure that all students are in attendance 90 percent of the time a class is offered to certify successful accrual of credit or final grade. A student who is in attendance for at least 75 percent but less than 90 percent of the days a class is offered and earns a passing grade, may be given credit or final grade by completing a plan approved by the principal that provides for the student to meet the instructional requirements of the class.

    How many absences can a student have before being in violation? 

    The actual number of days a student must attend in order to receive credit will vary, depending on the number of days in a semester. For the 2017-18 school year a student cannot miss more than 4 days in the fall semester and no more than 5 days in the spring semester.  Both excused and unexcused absences count against a student and towards a violation of attendance for credit.

    What do I do if I receive an attendance warning letter? 

    Students will receive a warning letter (pictured below) when they have missed 5 percent (2 class periods) of the days the class is offered.  The student should report to the TAG main office to obtain an attendance report to ensure there are no errors.  The student will verify their absences. There is nothing else that needs to be done if you receive this warning letter, except to minimize the amount of school that you miss in the future.

    What do I do if I receive at attendance violation letter?

    The student should report to the main office to obtain an attendance report.  The student will verify their absences.  The student will check in with Mr. Mackey to obtain the forms to complete the Principal’s Plan for Credit Recovery.  If the principal’s plan is not completed, the student will risk losing credit for those courses.

    What do I do if I receive a truancy letter?

    Truancy letters are mailed to students when they accumulate too many unexcused absences. You will receive truancy letters at 3, 6, and 9 unexcused absences. Truancy is managed by the court system of Dallas and the contact person for truancy at Townview is our Assistant Principal, Ms. Yaronda McDonald (yabrown@dallasisd.org or 972-925-5906).