Dear Terrell Elementary Parents/Guardians:
Vitally important to the educational process is maintaining appropriate and consistent attendance practices. Listed below are some very important items to remember as you consider your child's daily attendance.
Instruction begins at 8:30. Students arriving after 8:30 must be signed in by a parent/guardian.
Students arriving after 8:30 will be counted tardy.
The school day officially ends at 3:30. Students departing before 3:30 will be counted as an early departure.
Tardies and early departures are documented, and parents/guardians will be subject to truancy charges being filed. Truancy can be filed if the student is absent for three or more days or parts of days within a four - week period, OR is absent from school for ten or more days or parts of days within a six - month period in the same school year (See page 3 of DISD Student Handbook).
Students must be in attendance a minimum of 90% of the school year in order for the student to be promoted to the next grade level. The 90% standard applies to excused OR unexcused absences (See page 3 of DISD Student Handbook). Our instructional time at Terrell is precious; therefore our goal is to maximize the amount of time we have your children in the instructional program on a daily basis.
Please make every effort possible to have your children fully prepared for the instructional day every day from 8:30 - 3:30. Your careful consideration of these important attendance and instructional issues is greatly appreciated by the staff of Terrell Elementary.
If you have any questions regarding these matters, please contact the office at 903-462-7550.
Dr. David Kirkbride
Terrell Elementary, Principal