SCHOOL SUCCESS BEGINS WITH ATTENDANCE!
BE PRESENT... EVERY DAY COUNTS!
Truancy and Attendance Laws
According to TEA guidance, truancy and attendance policies are required to continue to be in place, no matter the learning setting of the students. Everman ISD will continue the current policies and is proud to offer an online curriculum that will meet the continued needs of the students whether they are on campus or online.
Everman ISD will take daily attendance during all learning models (face-to-face, in-person, and virtual). This means students will have to be present in-person and engaged in learning each day to be counted as present for attendance and credit purposes. Daily Engagement Measures are required for attendance. "Engagement" is defined by TEA as daily progress or completion as well as turning in assignments. For Distance Learning, attendance requirements (as required by the TEA) will be documented by the interactions with educators and the engagement level with lessons and assignments within Schoology. There will be required times for log-ins to the learning platform as well as required video chat Google-Hangout sessions.
In addition, per Texas Education Code (TEC) 25.092, students must attend 90 percent of a course (with some exceptions) in order to be awarded credit for the course and/or to be promoted to the next grade. This requirement remains in force during the 2020-2021 school year. Given the public health situation, student attendance may be earned through the delivery of remote, at-home distance learning instruction.
In addition to face-face instruction, students can learn via remote synchronous instruction or remote asynchronous instruction.
This year more than ever before, there is a great need to invest in the transition back to school for both students and families. Every student and family experienced some level of stress, while others have experienced deep trauma from family illness, death and loss of income. During the 2020-2021 school year, Everman ISD will begin learning remotely and will transition to the three learning models (virtual, hybrid, in-person) on September 10, 2020.
Regardless of the learning model that you have selected for your child, attendance and participation is a key component of their academic success this school year. Our Curriculum and Instruction Department have worked relentlessly to prepare and provide engaging lessons that promote rigor and high-level thinking. Unless there are extenuating circumstances such as illness, all students are expected to attend and participate in school each day.
Student attendance will be recorded daily each class period, regardless of the learning option you choose for your child. After attendance has been submitted campus and district staff will call parents of all absent students daily to discuss attendance make-up requirements that must be completed the day of the absence.
In addition, attendance warning letters and notifications will be mailed to parents after the third consecutive student absence and for students exhibiting chronic absenteeism.
Attendance calls will be made through blackboard daily to inform parents of their child’s absence.
Designated Student Services Department will make home visits to contact parents of students exhibiting chronic absenteeism.
Truancy warning letters will be populated in Skyward every Thursday and must be mailed each Friday.
Truancy prevention measures will be implemented as soon as possible for students exhibiting chronic absenteeism ( 3rd unexcused absence).
District and campus personnel are available to support our parents and students, especially during this difficult time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal is to have every student present and engaged each day, whether that’s virtual or in-person, your child’s attendance is important to his/her success. If you have any questions please contact your child’s school as soon as possible or contact central office staff.