DEPARTMENTS TAX OFFICE
Araceli De La Cruz
Director of Student Services
Student Services Coordinator
Student Services Secretary
Our mission of the GCCISD – Truancy/Attendance Department is to help Goose Creek CISD maintain the tradition of excellence on each campus by helping motivate, guide, and support all students and their families. We aim to work together with students, parents/guardians, principals, administrators, counselors, teachers, community agencies, local law enforcement, social service organizations and self-improvement programs. Our team strives to increase student attendance in an effort to decrease truancy and address barriers that prevent students from reaching their full academic potential.
Unless specifically exempt by section 25.086, a child who is at least six years of age, or who is younger than six of age and has previously been enrolled in first grade, and who has not yet reached their 19th birthday; a person who voluntarily enrolls in school after the person's 19th birthday shall attend school each school day for the entire period the program of instruction is offered. Failure to comply with the established requirements are referred J.P. Court for further action.
School districts may issue a warning letter to a student attending school who is 19 years old or older. The school district may also revoke enrollment of the student if they have more than 5 unexcused absences in one semester; or as an alternative, impose Truancy Prevention Measures on the student. A school district cannot revoke the enrollment of an older student on a day on which the student is physically present at school.
A child engages in truant conduct if the child is required to attend school under 25.085, Education Code, and fails to attend on 10 or more days or parts of days within a six-month period in the same school year. Truant Conduct cases are referred and processed through civil judicial procedures after Truancy Prevention Measures have been applied by the school and have failed.
Charges for parent contributing to non-attendance of a child is a criminal charge and fines are based on the number of offenses filed. The school district must provide evidence of the parents "criminal negligence" in contributing to the non-attendance of the student. The school district must provide documentation to the courts which indicates the school demonstrated attempts to work with the student and/or parent. (documentation may include; Court Warnings, a signed Truant Conduct Agreement Contract, home visits, conferences with parent, etc.)
At the beginning of the school year, a district must send notice to students' parents that if the student is absent on 10 or more days or parts of days within a six month period, the student's parent is subject to prosecution and the student is subject to referral to a truancy court. If a student has been absent without excuse on three days or parts of days within a four-week period, the school district shall issue a warning notice to inform the parent that the student is subject to truancy prevention measures in addition to other statutory requirement in existence.
The school district is required to adopt at a minimum TPM that include; a behavior improvement plan including the specific behavior required or prohibited of the student and the period of time the plan will be in place; (time cannot exceed 45 days) impose school —based community service; refer the student to counseling, mediation, mentoring, teen-court, or other in-school or out-of¬school service aimed at addressing truant behavior.
What every parent should know! Important information about your child's education!
Every school day matters!
For more information about school attendance or to report students skipping school or not enrolled, please call:
*Please note that if your board adopted revisions to FFI(LOCAL) effective at the beginning of the 2012–13 school year and requested that the policy not be posted to Policy On Line until then, the revised policy may not yet be posted to Policy On Line.
If you have questions about this correspondence, please call TASB Legal Services at 800-580-5345 or TASB Policy Service at 800-580-7529.
This document is provided for educational purposes only and contains information to facilitate a general understanding of the law. It is not an exhaustive treatment of the law on this subject nor is it intended to substitute for the advice of an attorney. It is important for you to consult with the district's attorneys in order to apply these legal principles to specific fact situations.
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January 15 - January 25
January 29 - February 15
February 19 - March 8
March 19 - April 5*
April 9 - May 17**
*No flyers distributed April 9-12 due to STAAR testing.
**No flyers distributed May 6-10 or May 13-17 due to STAAR testing.
Flyers are distributed weekly at campuses on Tuesdays.
Below are guidelines to help in the enrollment of students new to Goose Creek CISD:
If you are interested in obtaining a student transfer for your child from one Goose Creek CISD school to another, you will need to contact the office of Student Services to obtain the In-District Transfer Request form. It must be completed and returned to the Office of Student Services. According to District guidelines, transfers are allowed for "extreme extenuating circumstances" only.
If your residence or housing is uncertain, you lack a permanent physical address, or you live at a temporary address, you can still enroll in school. Contact the school's attendance clerk or the District's liaison, Lisa Vaughn, 281-420-4423 for more information.
The Texas Education Code §25.001(h) and the Texas Penal Code §37.10 provide penalties for falsifying school district records. The criminal penalty is a Class C misdemeanor with a maximum fine of up to $500.00. In addition, monetary penalties may be assessed. A person who knowingly falsifies or provides misleading information on a form required for enrollment of a student in school district is liable for (1) the maximum tuition fee, or (2) The amount the district has budgeted for each student as maintenance and operating expenses.
When children can't live safely at home and an appropriate non-custodial parent, relative, or close family friend is currently unable or unwilling to care for them, the court can give temporary legal possession to Children Protective Services (CPS) and that agency temporarily places theses children in foster care.
Foster care is meant to be temporary until a permanent living arrangement is found and CPS no longer has legal custody of the child. However, for some children, it can become permanent. CPS strives to ensure quality services for children in foster care. However, children in foster care may have to change placements several times while in foster care due to a variety of factors, such as licensing standards violations, court rulings, or changes in the foster home or facility. CPS consistently works towards increasing placement options to better match the needs of each individual child.
In Texas, CPS and the Texas Education Code use the term "substitute care" to refer to all children who are in the legal custody of CPS, including children who are placed either with a relative or in a licensed foster care placement. "Conservatorship" is a term also used in the Texas Education Code and by CPS to describe the status of a youth who is placed in legal custody by court order with Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. (DFPS) Although not commonly referenced, "substitute care" is interchangeable with the term "conservatorship."
There are two types of conservatorship. The following terms are used to describe whether a child is in short term or long term conservatorship.
DFPS may be the TMC while he agency works with the family on a reunification plan; or
DFPS may be named the Permanent Managing Conservator for a child until custody is given to another individual or until the youth turns 18.
The term "foster care" is generally used to refer to all children and youth in CPS conservatorship/substitute care.
The faculty and staff at GCCISD want all children enrolled and attending school! Yes, it's the law, but more importantly we care about your child's education and want to help them succeed. We understand children need support from home as well as school. GCCISD wants to ensure that no child is excluded from public education because if their living situation and experiencing homelessness or poverty.
The McKinney-Vento Act (Section 725) specifies and protects the rights of children and youth in homeless situations. The program assists families and unaccompanied youth that are currently living in a temporary situation due to loss of housing. The McKinney-Vento Education Assistance Act is a federal law that helps children immediately enroll in school, provides assistance for school supplies and obtaining bus transportation and referrals to the community to optimize their education opportunities.
Section 725(2) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act defines homeless children and youth as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate night-time residence which includes:
The McKinney-Vento Act provides your child with basic education rights such as:
An emergency social services and community health education organization providing disaster relief, (loss of housing due to flooding, fire, etc.) Also provides assistance to military families and veterans, transportation services and health & safety classes.
Assists homeless persons and families in attaining self-sufficiency, permanent housing and return to independent living as contributing members of the community.
Emergency financial assistance: food, rent and utilities to families by means of purchase orders. Referrals to other agencies for other needs.
New clothing vouchers for students of Goose Creek & Barbers Hill schools. The student's family must meet income guidelines. Administered by Baytown Resource & Assistance Center. Operated on a volunteer basis by counselors of Goose Creek & Barbers Hill schools.
Services for children and families including prevention, counseling, adoption, foster care, residential treatment, post adoption counseling, parent education, teen-parent services, home-based therapy, and child psychiatry.
Baytown and Highlands Area — Services for women, children and men who are impacted by domestic and sexual violence. Services include hotline, case management and individual counseling, legal advocacy and accompaniment, child advocacy, support group and shelter. Services are confidential and free of charge.
A Chemical dependency treatment program for adults & adolescents providing assessment, education and treatment services that directly impact legal, social, health and safety issues in our community.
According to Senate Bill 1553, an administrator, school resource officer or school district police officer have the authority to refuse entry or eject an individual for up to two years if that person:
If a parent or guardian of a child enrolled in the district is eject or refused entry to the district property, then arrangement will be made to allow the parent or guardian to participate in the child’s ARDC or Section 504 meetings.
If the person choose to appeal the process they will contact Student Services Department at 281-420-4800.
Consolidated Independent School District
4544 Interstate 10 East | Baytown, Texas 77521 | 281.420.4800
P.O. Box 30 | Baytown, Texas 77522 | 281.420.4800
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