HB5 Attendance Policy
Why is Attendance Important?
Attendance is critical at every step in a student’s educational journey, beginning in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Under HB5, there are additional consequences for students whose absences exceed 10 percent of class sessions. Not only does the student risk losing credit for the course, but a grade will not be issued until the parent addresses the problem with school personnel and finds out exactly what the child needs to recover credit.
Texas Education Code
Section 25.092 Minimum Attendance for Class Credit of Final Grade
- "A student in any grade level from kindergarten through grade 12 may not be given credit or a final grade for a class unless the student is in attendance for at least 90 percent of the days the class is offered."
Students who fall below 90 percent attendance will receive an “LOC” on their semester report card, signifying the potential loss of credit. The implementation of this new requirement will be seen in the issuance of the end of semester report cards in May 2014.
In addition to the potential loss of credit, dropping below 90 percent attendance may impact a student’s class ranking, grade point average and their eligibility to participate in extracurricular activities.