Truancy Diversion Program

truancy2In MISD, attendance counts!

MISD recognizes the value and importance of school attendance and looks forward to educating all of our students during the school year. 

Our district team has been working to revise attendance procedures so that communication is increased and assistance is given to any student or family struggling with chronic unexcused absences.

This web page is provided to help you familiarize yourself with new regulations for school districts in regards to truancy as outlined in the recently passed House Bill 2398, from the Texas Legislature. This legislation has significantly altered existing truancy laws in Texas; the passage of the new law has repealed the former provision which criminalizes a student's truant behavior and instituted a new, civil process governing truancy proceedings. This new law took effect during the 2015-2016 school year.

The change means that truancy proceedings against students will now be handled in civil court. MISD is required to provide a written warning to parents at the beginning of each school year informing them that if a student is absent from school on 10 or more days or parts of days within a six-month period in the same school year, that the parent/guardian may be subject to criminal prosecution and, as mentioned, the student is subject to referral to a truancy court for truant conduct.

It is the goal of MISD to support all of our students and work with their families to address any concerns regarding these new policies. Please contact our Department of Administrative Services at 903-927-8705 with any questions or concerns.

Truancy Diversion Information