Truancy Issues

Melissa Flores

Melissa Flores
Truancy Officer
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Truancy is any intentional unauthorized absence from compulsory schooling. The term typically describes absences caused by students of their own free will, and usually does not refer to legitimate "excused" absences, such as ones related to medical conditions. The term's exact meaning differs from school to school, and is usually explicitly defined in the school's handbook of policies and procedures.

It may also refer to students who attend school but do not go to classes.

Beyond the effect that missed schooling may have on a student's educational attainment, truancy may indicate more deeply embedded problems with the student, the education system, or both. Truancy is commonly associated with juvenile delinquency. In some schools, truancy may result in an ineligibility to graduate or to receive credit for class attended, until the time lost to truancy is made up through a combination of detention, or summer school.

Refer to the SISD Student Handbooks for our district's definition of what consitutues truancy and the consequences thereof.

Click HERE, for the Texas Education Agency Truancy Law