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2012-10-11

BISD - Good attendance is key to success

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Bandera ISD wants your student in school! When it comes to student achievement there is no substitute for good attendance. Even the world's best teachers, lesson plans and curriculum are of no value to youngsters who are not in class to benefit from them. Regardless of whether we ourselves are parents or work directly with students, there are roles that we all can play in promoting the message that time spent in schools is an investment in a student's future success.

Data compiled by the district shows the effect poor attendance has on failure rates. Students with 10 or more absences were three to four times more likely to fail a course than students who attend school regularly. Poor attendance contributes to at least a 20 percent difference in math and science scores on state accountability tests.

Texas students and their parents could face criminal charges for excessive student absences. Violation is a Class C misdemeanor that carries a fine of up to $500. Students must attend class a minimum of 90 percent of the number of days in a semester.

Students may not be absent more than 18 parts of days, and are required to attend 180 days during the school year in order to be considered for promotion.

"Bandera staff work daily to ensure that our students are in regular attendance," said a district spokesman. "Parents are encouraged to call our campus administration or school counselors if we can assist with irregular attendance issues."