Westlake Academy recognizes the value and importance of school attendance and looks forward to educating your student(s) during the school year. Our campus has been working to revise attendance procedures so that communication is increased and assistance is given to any family with chronic unexcused absences. As part of our ongoing communication, this letter serves to keep you informed of important changes in attendance this school year.
In an effort to keep our parents up-to-date of the state attendance laws, please become aware off the following information: The 84th Texas Legislature recently passed House Bill 2398, which substantially altered existing truancy laws in Texas. With the passage of the new law, former provisions that criminalized a student's truant behavior have been repealed and a new civil process governing truancy proceedings takes effect this school year. The change means truancy proceedings against students will now be handled in a civil court. Schools are required to provide a written warning to parents at the beginning of the school year informing them that if the student is absent from school on 10 or more days or parts of days within a six-month period or 3 days within a four week period in the same school year, that the parent/guardian may be subject to criminal prosecution and, as mentioned, the student is subject to referral to a truancy court for truant conduct.
Westlake Academy will follow the Texas Education Agency compulsory attendance laws as follows:
Parents are required to provide accurate and updated contact information to the school through their settings in TxConnect.
Log in to your parent portal here Westlake Academy TxConnect Parent Portal.
*Please note that teachers will post attendance daily (and in grades 6-10, period by period) which will trigger the automated alerts. Any medical notes or other excusable notifications will be updated within 3 school days in TxConnect.
The TxConnect system is Westlake Academy’s method of communicating attendance notifications. If you need assistance with your TxConnect Parent Portal, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
(Texas Education Code 25.087 & 25.0915)
Unless otherwise exempted by the Principal(s), students must be in attendance at least 90% of the school days according to the Texas Education Agency. Both excused and unexcused absences affect the 90% attendance requirement. Parent cooperation is vital in the matter of school attendance and punctuality. Parents should:
Should you or your student need special assistance or are experience extenuating circumstances, you may contact your student's Principal. Your child's presence in school is a strong indicator of his/her future success. We look forward to a successful school year with your child.