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House bill 2398 has led school districts to restructure and change some procedures. Schools are 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.