Parent Services Department

  • The Parent Services Department oversees the Attendance Improvement and Truancy Reduction program, a satellite Parent Advocacy Center and additional parent services.

    The purpose of the Attendance Improvement and Truancy Reduction (AITR) program is to assist schools in creating a culture of attendance and to ensure district compliance with the state of Texas mandates governing student non-attendance.
     Never too late
     
    Mission Statement

    The Parent Services Department is committed to serving the students of Dallas ISD by removing barriers which prevent students from attending school. We work collaboratively with students, families, schools, community stakeholders and district resources to improve attendance and enhance student success.

    Parent Sevices Department 

    214-932-5030

    www.dallasisd.org/attendance

  • Attendance Matters

    Regular attendance in elementary school is a strong predictor of grade-level performance.

    Attending school regularly helps students feel better about school—and themselves. Start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. 

    • Starting in Kindergarten, missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read. That is just a day or two days every few weeks.
       
    • By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of the three signs that a student may drop out of high school.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
    • Students who are frequently absent in Kindergarten do less well in first grade.                                                                                                                                                                                                          
    • Absences add up in elementary school. Research shows that missing 18 days in a school year or 2 days every month can result in lower test scores and possible retention in later grades.

    AttendanceWorks, a national and state initiative, promotes better policy and practice around school attendance.