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School/Community Resource & Attendance Office

 

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.

 

Attendance Clerk

 

Shelly Tinsley

stinsley@palestineschools.org

 

Palestine High School

1600 South Loop 256

Palestine, Texas 75801

Phone: 903.731.8005

Fax: 877.839.6489

 

Attendance Clerk

 

Cristina Aguilar

caguilar@palestineschools.org

 

Palestine Junior High School

233 Ben Milam Road

Palestine, Texas 75801

Phone: 903.731.8008

Fax: 877.655.0731

Attendance Clerk

 

Shalonda McCowan

smccowan@palestineschools.org

 

A.M. Story Intermediate

5300 North Loop 256

Palestine, Texas 75801

Phone: 903.731.8015

Fax: 877.655.0732

Attendance Clerk

 

Kelly Lawson

klawson@palestineschools.org

 

Southside Elementary

201 Gillespie

Palestine, Texas 75801

Phone: 903.731.8023

Fax: 877.655.0734

Attendance Clerk

 

Cynthia Coman

ccoman@palestineschools.org

 

Northside Primary

2509 State Highway 155

Palestine, Texas 75801

Phone: 903.731.8020

Fax: 877.655.0742

Attendance Clerk

 

Deonta Mims

dmims@palestineschools.org

 

Washington Early Childhood Center

1020 West Hamlet

Palestine, Texas 75803

Phone: 903.731.8030

Fax: 877.645.9497

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Compulsory attendance and credit attendance are NOT the same. 

 

 

Credit Attendance contends that students must attend school (90 % rule) in order to receive credit.  Students are allowed 8 days of absences (excused or unexcused) in the Fall and 9 days of absences (excused or unexcused) in the Spring before students will be denied credit for a class due to attendance

 

 

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

Credit Recovery

 

Lolita Shead

lshead@palestineschools.org

Phone: 903.727.2609

Compulsory attendance and credit attendance are NOT the same. 

 

Credit Attendance contends that students must attend school (90 % rule) in order to receive credit.  Students are allowed 8 days of absences (excused or unexcused) in the Fall and 9 days of absences (excused or unexcused) in the Spring before students will be denied credit for a class due to attendance.   

 

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. 

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.

 

Palestine High School

1600 South Loop 256

Palestine, Texas 75801

Phone: 903.727.2609

Fax: 877.839.6489

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.

Attendance Director

School Community Liaison

 

Robin Chapman

rchapman@palestineschools.org

 

 233 Ben Milam Road

Palestine, Texas 75801

Phone: 903.727.2638

Fax: 877.655.0731

everyday counts

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.

 

McKinney-Vento Homeless Act

  • 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.

    Key Provisions

    Section725(2) of the McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children/youth as individuals lacking a fixed, regular, adequate night-time residence, including. . .

    • children/youth who share housing with others because of loss of housing, economic hardships or a similar reason; live in motels, trailer parks or campgrounds because of lack of alternative adequate accommodations; live in emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals
    • children/youth who have primary night-time residence in a place not designed for or ordinarily used as regular sleeping accommodation (e.g., cars, parks, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations or similar settings)
    • migratory children who live in conditions described above 

    The McKinney-Vento Act (Section 725) specifies and protects the rights of children and youth in homeless situations. Highlights include. . .

    • Immediate Enrollment: No child will be denied access to school because of their immigration status, temporary living situation, emergency placement by Child Protective Services or similar hardship situation. Please fill out the Student Residency and Assistance Questionnaire RESIDENCY FORM HERE and present to campus Registrar or ask campus Registrar for a Residency Form.
    • Choice of Schools: 
      • School the student attended when he/she became homeless (school of origin)
      • School in the zone where the student currently resides
    • Transportation: To and from the school of origin if feasible, in the student's best interest and requested by the parent, guardian or unaccompanied youth.
    • Services: Students may receive emergency clothing, work uniforms, school supplies, personal hygiene items or other supplies and services needed.
    • Dispute Resolution: If problems arise between the school and parents or between districts, the parent shall be referred to the district's homeless liaison and the student must remain in school.

Resources

Shelters for Homeless Students | Families

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