School attendance is very important in the life of a child. Texas Education Code 25.085 Compulsory School Attendance states:
· A child who is required to attend school under this section shall attend school each school day for the entire period the program of instruction is provided.
· Once enrolled in Pre-kindergarten or Kindergarten, a child shall attend school.
Only the following absences will be considered excused:
· Documented health appointments/illnesses (doctor/physicians note)
· Religious holy days
· Family emergencies
All other absences will be unexcused.
Head Start Performance Standards state that in cases where chronic absenteeism cannot be corrected, and interferes with the child's ability to benefit from the program, the child will be withdrawn and his/her slot will be treated as an enrollment vacancy. The Director and Family Services Coordinator will determine whether to withdraw a child from the program.
Tardy- Instruction begins at 8:10 a.m. and it is very important that a child is at school on time. He/she misses important instruction time. When a child is tardy 4 or more times, the parent will receive a letter regarding the importance of being on time. If tardiness continues, then the family will be contacted by a family service worker. An Action Plan will be developed as necessary. If a child continues to be tardy, he/she may be withdrawn from the program.
This policy complies with Head Start Performance Standard 1305.8(a)-(c).
FANNIN COUNTY HEAD START
PARENT INVOLVEMENT POLICY
Fannin County Head Start recognizes the vital role that parents play in their child's school success. It is our goal to engage parents as full time partners in the education of children in a meaningful and productive way.
To that end, we seek parents as:
· participants in Parent Meetings, Meet the Teacher, committee meetings and all activities of Fannin County Head Start.
· learners by observing in the classroom, signing up for GED classes, and attending workshops.
· volunteers in various aspects of the program, contributors of ideas for improving the program to the community, supporting all staff in their efforts, and helping out wherever needed.
· decision-makers by participating in and attending Parent Meetings and Policy Council meetings.
· prime educators by remembering they are their child's first teacher and role model, and by teaching their child to value education and learning.
· leaders by becoming involved in community (school, government, health, and human services) activities and by using their leadership skills.
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