The academic success of every student in the La Marque Independent School District is extremely important to the members of the LMISD family. Our children receive the best education when dedicated parents and teachers work as a team. It is the parents’ support, involvement and commitment to education as well as a teacher’s ability to impart the necessary knowledge and skills in children that inspire them to do their absolute best. Student daily attendance and arrival to school on time are key components to a child’s academic success. It is the expectation of La Marque ISD that all students are “on time and present in every period of every day” and that they take advantage of the learning opportunities provided by our top-notched group of teaching professionals that have committed themselves to the achievement and success of all students.
To make this expectation clear to both students and their parents, La Marque ISD, as allowed by the Texas Education Agency, has adopted a stringent attendance policy which requires that a student enrolled in elementary school may have no more than eight unexcused absences per year to be considered for promotion. More than eight unexcused absences may result in failure for the student even though the grades were passing depending upon the determination of the School Attendance Committee. An asterisk (*) will appear on the report card next to the grades.
TEC §25.092 states “a student may not be given credit for a class unless the student is in attendance for at least 90 percent of the days the class is offered.” At the secondary level, students that obtain more than (8) unexcused absences per semester are in violation of the Texas Compulsory School Attendance Law, as well as LMISD Board Policy and this violation will result in the loss of academic credit, possible grade retention and a complaint filed against the parent(s)/guardian (s) and/or student in a justice or municipal court.
Not only does student attendance have a direct impact on the academic success of the student, it also indirectly impacts the overall progress and long term success of the district. TEA mandates that La Marque ISD school personnel maintain accurate and current daily attendance records. This is extremely important because these records serve as the basis for computing average daily attendance figures from which state funds are provided to the district. The state pays the district to educate each child that is present. Each time a child is not in attendance, the district loses the fiscal resources that would enhance the learning experience of all the children within La Marque ISD.
It is the responsibility of all community stakeholders to monitor and encourage our children to attend school daily. Contact La Marque ISD at 409-938-4251 to discuss ways you and the school staff can work together to improve your child’s attendance. Administrators, counselors, faculty and staff are available to assist.