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This office implements and coordinates truancy prevention and enforcement, dropout prevention and recovery, and provides services to the district’s most vulnerable students, like those identified as educationally homeless under the federal McKinney-Vento Act. The department supports student engagement and success by working with campus staff and providing support and resources to students and families.
Our office is located at 233 Ben Milam Dr., behind the Palestine Jr. High School in the DAEP building. This office provides services that link families and schools through out the year by tracking student attendance and connects families with community resources within Anderson County. Community resources include, but are not limited to general health, glasses, parenting skills, school supplies, food, clothing, and housing. Please be mindful attendance is taken daily regardless if you are face to face at school or are a remote learner from home.
Esta Oficina implementa y coordina la prevención y cumplimiento del absentismo escolar, la prevención y recuperación de el abandono escolar y brinda servicios a los estudiantes más vulnerables del distrito como aquellos identificados como personas sin hogar desde el punto de vista educativo según la Ley Federal Acto MCKinney- Vento. El departamento apoya la participación y el éxito de los estudiantes trabajando con el personal de la escuela y brindando apoyo y recursos a los estudiantes y sus familias.
Nuestra oficina esta ubicada en 233 Ben Milam Dr. detras de Palestine Junior High en el edificio DAEP. Esta oficina ofrece servicios que ayudan a mantener a las familias y las escuelas conectadas durante el ano mediante el seguimiento de la asistencia de los estudiantes. Ademas, ayudamos a las familias con los recursos de la communidad dentro del Condado de Anderson. Los recursos comunitarios incluyen, entre otros, salud general , anteojos, clases para padres, utiles escolares, comida, ropa y vivienda.
Palestine High School
1600 South Loop
Palestine Junior High School
233 Ben Milam Road
Palestine, Texas 75801
A.M. Story Intermediate
5300 North Loop 256
2509 State Highway 155
Washington Early Childhood Center
1020 West Hamlet
Palestine, Texas 75803
Compulsory attendance and credit attendance are NOT the same.
Compulsory Attendance follows Texas State Compulsory Attendance Laws that state students with 10 unexcused absences (days or parts of days) may have truancy charges filed against student and/or parent for non-attendance.
District Social Worker
This office provides services to
students and parents regarding Minimum Attendance for Class Credit or Final
Grade (90% rule). Attendance is monitored throughout the school year and students and parents are notified when attendance does not comply with state
and district policy.
1600 South Loop 256
A student and parent will be required to comply with compulsory attendance law. Attendance intervention will be required if a student has 3 or more unexcused absences in a 4 week period (all day or parts of the day). The school will refer the case to the District Attorney’s office if a student is absent without an excuse in any class 10 or more times in six months (all day or parts of days).
Texas Education code 25.085 Compulsory Attendance Law states:
(a) Unless specifically exempted by Section 25.086 of this code or under other laws or unless a child is at least 19 years of age and has been issued a high school equivalency certificate (diploma or GED certificate), every child in the state who is as much as six years of age, or who has not reached the child’s 19th birthday shall be required to attend public school in the district of his residence, or in some other district to which he may be transferred as provided or authorized by law, a minimum of 180 days of the regular school term of the district in which the child resides or to which he has been transferred.
(b) On enrollment in pre-kindergarten, a child shall attend school.
School Community Liaison
233 Ben Milam Road
One of the keys to
student success is being in the classroom each and every day. As such, the
State of Texas has in place laws (Texas Education Code and Texas Family Code)
that require a student be in attendance each school day for the entire time
instruction is provided. Two state laws, one dealing with compulsory
attendance, the other with attendance for course credit, are of special
interest to students and parents.
The education provisions of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act (incorporated within No Child Left Behind) ensure educational rights and protections for homeless and unaccompanied children/youth.
Section725(2) of the McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children/youth as individuals lacking a fixed, regular, adequate night-time residence, including. . .
The McKinney-Vento Act (Section 725) specifies and protects the rights of children and youth in homeless situations. Highlights include. . .
Region 13 Education Service Center
Texas Education of Homeless Children and Youth (TEHCY) Support Center
5701 Springdale Road
Austin, TX 78723
Mary Anne Hettenhaus
The Texas Homeless Network provides training and technical assistance statewide, helping service providers and communities better serve the homeless population.
1713 Fortview Road
Austin, TX 78704
Covenant House Texas
1111 Lovett Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006
Bay Area Turning Point
210 S. Walnut
Webster, TX 77598
Brazoria Women's Shelter
Angleton and Alvin Office
1-800-243-5788 and 281-585-0902
Star of Hope Women & Family Emergency Shelter
(Note: street name change, formerly 419 Dowling)
419 Emancipation Ave.
Houston, TX 77003
Star of Hope Women and Family Development Center - Cornerstone Community
2575 Reed Rd
Houston, TX 77051
Family Promise of Clear Creek
1101 S. Egret Bay Blvd., Building B
League City TX 77573
832-932-3963 24-hour hotline
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