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Truancy Policies

House bill 2398 has led school districts to restructure and change some procedures. MISD has hired Gerald Evans to serve as the Truancy Prevention Facilitator and head the Department of Attendance and Truancy. The district has two truancy officers - Sidney Ollison and Irma Dunmire who will be serving the students and parents in the District. Schools are now required to hold truancy prevention meetings with students and parents after students have three undocumented absences. If students are absent from school on 10 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 and the student is subject to a referral to truancy court for truant conduct. It is imperative that schools receive notes from parents when students are not in school to avoid the commencement of truancy prevention measures. Please remember that students who miss school to attend an appointment with a health-care professional will be counted PRESENT if the student attends school prior to or after the appointment and the school receives written documentation from the health-care professional. MISD believes that many times the schools do not receive this documentation and lose out on state funding.