Truancy

1100 Raider Dr., Suite 100, Euless, TX 76040 | 817.399.2611 | email

The Misson of the Truancy Department is to reconnect truant and potentially truant students and their parents with the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District through the use of multiple positive interventions.
Questions & Answers

Why did I receive a letter from my child's school regarding his/her attendance?

District policy requires campuses to send parents a written notification once a student reaches their 3rd unexcused absence in a 4-week period or their 6th unexcused absence in a school year. You may also receive a letter if your child has excessive tardiness or excessive absences in a semester / trimester.

Why did the campus mark my child’s absence as unexcused even though I sent a note and/or called to say he/she would be out?

The reasons could include the following:

  • The parent or student or physician (if sent via fax by the doctor’s office) did not submit the documentation within 72 hours of the absence in question.
  • The absence in question was due to a reason not considered excused per District policy. Please refer to the Student Code of Conduct for guidelines.
  • The absence in questions may have required a doctor’s note in order to be excused due to excessive absences resulting in a violation of the 90% rule (State law). Pease refer to the Student Code of Conduct for guidelines.

If you still have questions, please contact the campus attendance office. All attendance records are entered and maintained by the campus administration. Changes to your child’s attendance record cannot be made by the truancy department.


Why did you leave a notice on my door?

A notice is left on your door to inform you that a truancy officer has attempted to visit with you at your residence regarding a referral from your child’s school. Please call the number listed on the notice for the truancy officer responsible for your child’s campus or you can call 817-399-2611 to speak to the administrative assistant.

Why did I receive a summons?

If you received a summons from the court for Failure to Attend or Parent Contributing to Non-Attendance, it means the truancy officer has filed a case in court regarding the violation of Texas compulsory attendance laws.

When is my court date?

Once a case is filed in truancy court, you will need to contact the court for information regarding court date, fines, warrants and plea information. You may contact the court at the number listed below or visit in person to speak to a court clerk:

Tarrant County Justice of the Peace Court
Precinct 2
Judge Mary Tom Cravens Curnutt
700 E. Abram, Ste. 200
Arlington, TX 76010
817-548-3925
http://access.tarrantcounty.com/en/justice-of-the-peace-courts/justice-2.html

How much is my fine and where do I pay the fine?

Once charges have been filed in court, you will need to contact the court for information on court dates, fines, warrants and plea information. You may contact the court at the number listed below or visit in person to speak to a court clerk:

Tarrant County Justice of the Peace Court
Precinct 2
Judge Mary Tom Cravens Curnutt
700 E. Abram, Ste. 200
Arlington, TX 76010
817-548-3925
http://access.tarrantcounty.com/en/justice-of-the-peace-courts/justice-2.html

If my child refuses to go to school can you come get him/her?

A truancy officer cannot physically force your child to go to school. However, a truancy officer may be able to conduct a home visit to talk to you and your child to stress the importance of attendance and offer possible solutions and suggest resources to assist in resolving the issue. Please contact the truancy officer responsible for the campus your child attends or call the administrative assistant at 817-399-2611 for more information.

How do I request a parent conference?

Parent conferences are normally conducted at the child’s campus but can also be done at your home or in our office. If you wish to schedule a parent conference at the campus, please call the campus administration and schedule a conference and inform them that you would like the truancy officer to be present. If you wish to schedule a parent conference with the truancy officer at your home or in our office, please contact the truancy officer responsible for your child’s campus or call the administrative assistant at 817-399-2611 for more information.

I work late. Can I speak with someone after hours?

After hours conferences via home visit or telephone are made by appointment on a case by case basis. Please contact the truancy officer responsible for your child’s campus to schedule or contact the administrative assistant at 817-399-2603.

What are your office hours?

The truancy department hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily Monday – Friday, excluding holidays.

Can my child dropout of school at 17?

State law requires a person to attend school until they are 19 years of age or have earned a high school diploma or GED, whichever comes first. Texas Education Code, Sec. 25.085

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Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD
1849 Central Dr.
Bedford, TX 76022
Phone: 817.283.4461
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