Attendance Matters

  1. Age Requirements: Texas law requires children who are at least six years old as of September 1 of the current school year to attend school. Compulsory attendance typically continues until the student reaches 19 years of age or graduates from high school, whichever comes first.

  2. Enrollment Age: While the compulsory attendance age is six, parents are encouraged to enroll their children in school at an earlier age to ensure a smooth transition into formal education.

  3. School Year Duration: Students are required to attend school for a specific number of days each academic year. The school year generally consists of a minimum number of instructional days, and students must meet this requirement unless exempted for valid reasons.

  4. Exceptions and Exemptions: Texas law provides for certain exceptions and exemptions to compulsory attendance. These may include situations where a child is enrolled in a private or parochial school, receiving homeschooling, or has a documented medical condition that prevents regular attendance.

  5. Truancy Laws: Texas has truancy laws in place to address unexcused absences. Parents or guardians may face legal consequences if their child accumulates too many unexcused absences, and the child may be subject to truancy court.

It's important for parents and guardians to be aware of and comply with the compulsory attendance laws in Texas. School districts may have specific policies and procedures related to attendance, so it's advisable to check with the local school district for additional details and requirements.