Attendance Matters

The most fundamental element for school success is that students consistently come to school every day.

every day matters

When it comes to school, students who miss school miss out. Parents who want their child(ren) to succeed in school make daily attendance a priority. There is much research to support the fact that there is a very strong connection between student attendance and student performance in school. When a student is absent from school, he/she misses out on experiences and opportunities to learn and develop the skills and attitudes needed to become successful adults, productive citizens and valued employees.

By graduating from high school, your child can earn more than a million dollars in their lifetime. For every day of school missed, it takes two or more days for a student to catch up not to mention that credits that are earned can be placed on hold. Except in the case of illness, many school absences can be avoided with a little extra effort.

For most of our students, the school day at Premier High School is only four hours. Parents, we urge you to join forces with us to eliminate absences that can be prevented by making every effort to schedule medical and other appointments outside of your students four hour schedule and by making sure your children get plenty of sleep so they arrive at school on time ready and eager to learn.

Give your child every opportunity to succeed at Premier High School and graduate to success, by encouraging your child to attend school on time, every day because “Every Day Matters!”

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PHS Engagement specialist

Is your child struggling to go to school? Is your child feeling overwhelmed with school? Is your child struggling to stay on pace?

Please reach out to our Engagement Specialist, Ms. Jones.

She can help get your child back on the road to success!

What happens when a student misses one day of school, for any reason?

  • Students start falling behind on their course completions.

  • Students miss out on valuable information provided from their teacher or school.

  • A school loses funding from the State. This could affect the ability to purchase supplies for the classroom, such as chromebooks and updated computer software. Multiply this by 110 students, it could mean the difference between hiring or laying off staff, buying new equipment, or funding a new program.

  • A community loses valuable resources at a huge cost. Students who miss school challenge our community with immeasurable lost time and countless millions of dollars in human services for “repair work” in areas such as crime, counseling, and drugs.

Why Does My Child Have to Attend Saturday School?

There are various reasons why Premier High School offers Saturday School:

  • STAAR Testing Tutorials.

  • Student needs or wants extra tutorial time.

  • Too many absences have caused your child to fall behind in school. (Saturday School Mandatory)

  • Student is not on pace with their courses. (Saturday School Mandatory)

  • Student is not meeting the required 2 Unit Tests per week. (Saturday School Mandatory)

While Saturday School doesn't seem like fun, it is an extra opportunity for your child to get help. We ALL want our students to be successful! If your child is struggling or not meeting the 2 tests per week requirements then Friday afternoon and Saturday Tutorials are a MUST.

See Parent/Student Handbook pg. 44
"Students are encouraged and may be required to see teachers for tutoring schedules, including mandatory tutoring after school or on Saturday. Private tutoring is the responsibility of the parent. Teachers are not permitted to tutor their students privately for pay.

Mandatory Tutorials Each campus will implement the assigned and prescribed tutorial program. Students identified for mandatory tutoring, either during the school week or on Saturdays, must attend. Failure to participate appropriately in the tutoring system may be grounds for disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the school."

2020-2021 School Year Tutorials Schedule

Friday Tutorials

Every Friday 12:30 - 4:30

(Except School Holidays)

Saturday Tutorials

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

October 17, 2020 November 14, 2020 No December January 16, 2021 January 23, 2021 February 6, 2021

February 20, 2021 March 6, 2021 March 27, 2021 April 17, 2021 April 24, 2021 May 1, 2021

Majic Johnson

English Video

"Don't drop the ball, pick it up! Every Student, Every Day"

Jose Reyes

Video en Español

"Asegure que nuestros hijos esten listos para triumfar"

Texas Attendance Laws

The state compulsory attendance law requires that students at least 6 years of age, and those who have not yet reached their 19th birthday attend school and school required tutorial sessions unless the student is otherwise legally exempted or excused. School staff must investigate and report violations of the state compulsory attendance law.

A student absent from school without permission from any class, from required special programs (such as basic skills for ninth graders), or from required tutorials will be considered “truant” and subject to disciplinary action.

Truancy may also result in assessment of penalties by a court of law for the parent. State law requires that the school apply truancy prevention measures if the student is absent, without excuse, on three or more days or parts of days within a four-week period. If a student is absent, without excuse, on ten or more days or parts of days within a six-month period in the same school year, and those absences are verified by the campus as unexcused, students 12 years and older may be referred to truancy court.

Further, state law permits the school to file a complaint against parents contributing to nonattendance regardless of their child’s age. Please refer to Texas Education Code (TEC) 25 and the Texas Family Code 65 for more details.

A student who voluntarily attends or enrolls after his or her 19th birthday is required to attend each school day. If a student 19 years of age or older has more than five unexcused absences in a semester, the school may revoke the student’s enrollment, except that the school may not revoke the enrollment on a day on which the student is physically present at school.

The student’s presence on school property thereafter would be unauthorized and may be considered trespassing. Notice to Parents: Under TEC § 25.095(a), you are hereby notified that if a student is absent from school on ten or more days or parts of days within a six-month period in the same school year, the student’s parent is subject to prosecution under TEC § 25.093; and the student is subject to referral to a truancy court for truant conduct under Texas Family Code § 65.003(a).

Between Ages 6 and 19

State law requires that a student between the ages of 6 and 19 attend school, as well as any applicable accelerated instruction program, extended year program, or tutorial session, unless the student is otherwise excused from attendance or legally exempt. A student will be required to attend any assigned accelerated instruction program, which may occur before or after school or during the summer, if the student does not meet the passing standards on the state assessment for his or her grade level and/or applicable subject area.

Age 19 and Older

A student who voluntarily attends or enrolls after his or her 19th birthday is required to attend each school day until the end of the school year. If a student age 19 or older has more than five unexcused absences in a semester, the district may revoke the student’s enrollment. The student’s presence on school property thereafter would be unauthorized and may be considered trespassing. [See Student Handbook.]

Failure to Comply with Compulsory Attendance

School employees must investigate and report violations of the state compulsory attendance law. A student absent without permission from school; from any class; from required special programs, such as additional special instruction, termed “accelerated instruction” by the state; or from required tutorials will be considered in violation of the compulsory attendance law and subject to disciplinary action.


Attendance for Credit

To receive credit in a class, a student must attend at least 90 percent of the days the class is offered. These days include both excused and unexcused absences. A student who attends fewer than 90 percent of the days the class is offered may be referred to the Attendance Committee to determine whether there are extenuating circumstances for the absences and how the student can regain credit. In determining whether there were extenuating circumstances for the absences, the Attendance Committee will use the following guidelines:

  1. All absences will be reviewed, with special consideration given for religious holy days, documented healthcare appointments for which routine make-up work has been completed, and other special circumstances as defined by the TEC.

  2. For a student transferring into the school after school begins, including a migrant student, only those absences after enrollment will be considered.

  3. In reaching consensus about a student’s absences, the committee will attempt to ensure that its decision is in the best interest of the student.

  4. The committee will consider whether the absences were for reasons over which the student or parent could exercise control.

  5. The committee will consider the acceptability and authenticity of documentation expressing reasons for the student’s absences.

  6. The committee will consider the extent to which the student has completed all assignments, mastered the essential knowledge and skills, and maintained passing grades in the course or subject.

  7. The student, parent, or other representative will be given an opportunity to present any information to the committee about the absences and to discuss ways to earn or regain credit.

For More Information please see the Parent/Student Handbook (English) or Parent/Student Handbook (Español).

Notification to Parents

The school will notify the parent by mail when the student is absent from school, without excuse, on three days or parts of days within a four-week period. The notice will inform the parent of, among other things, that their student is subject to truancy prevention measures, remind the parent of their responsibility to monitor their student’s attendance, and to request a parent conference between the parent and the Attendance Officer/Campus Director to discuss the absences.

Required Documentation of Absences

When a student must be absent from school, it is the parent’s responsibility to call the school office each day to explain the reason for the student’s absence. Upon returning to school, the student must bring a note to the school office, signed by the parent, which describes the reason for the absence. In order to excuse the absence, the note must:

1. be submitted to the school office within three school days of the student’s return to school, and

2. describe an acceptable reason for the absence (see “Excused and Unexcused Absences,” p. 2).

Please call the school or email medical notes to vtovias@responsiveed.com.

Tips for Managing Missed School

Missing too much school can be hard on your child. Here are some ways that families have made it easier to keep track of missed school time:

  • Email, call, or send in a signed note on the day that your child misses school. The school will excuse an absence for certain reasons like health care appointments; absences that are not excused (unexcused) can add up and cause problems if your child has too many. You can find out more about these rules on My Texas Public School’s attendance page.

  • Get a note from the doctor or therapist to prove that your child was at an appointment. You can keep copies of these notes in your child’s care notebook or school records notebook.

  • You or your child can keep a journal of how they were feeling on days when they couldn’t go to school but didn’t go to the doctor.

  • Have your child reach out to their teacher to see how they can recover attendance on the same day.

  • Login to Genius and submit assignments before midnight Mon-Fri and send an email to the teacher.

Key Takeaways

  • Chronic absenteeism will prevent your student from being successful and graduating.

  • When students are absent from school, they miss basic instruction as well as opportunities to receive extra help.

  • Talk with your child to find out the reason for missing school and brainstorm solutions together.

  • Contact the school administrator for help, together we can find a solution that works for your child.

  • If your child is missing too much school and not making Academic Progress then your child will have mandatory tutorials on Fridays and Saturdays. (Please see Saturday Schedule above)


Truancy Process

  1. When a student is absent, the Teacher reaches out to student and parent by email, phone and/or text.

  2. Once a student reaches 3 absences, a 3-Day Letter is mailed and emailed to parent to schedule appointment with the Campus Director.

  3. Parent Meeting is held with Campus Director and/or Engagement Spec., Teacher, Specialist, Parent and Student.

  4. During the meeting, the parent receives Parent Acknowledgement Letter and student is placed in a Behavior Improvement Plan.

  5. If parent fails to contact the school to make appointment, the school may make a home visit.

  6. Continued Communications from the school continue.

  7. If the parent fails to communicate or work with school efforts, the truancy process will begin on the 10th day the student is absent.

2 -Truancy Prevention - Compulsory Attendance Notification.pdf
4 - Truancy Prevention - Parent Attendance Agreement.pdf
5 - Truancy Prevention - Behavior Improvement Plan.pdf