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Failure to Attend School
Exemptions from Compulsory Attendance

The following students are exempt from the compulsory attendance requirements:

  • A child attending a private or parochial school with a course in good citizenship;
  • A child eligible to participate in a school district's special education program under Section 29.003 who cannot be appropriately served by the resident district;
  • A child who has a physical or mental condition of a temporary and remediable nature that makes attendance infeasible, holding a certificate from a qualified physician;
  • A child who is expelled in a district without a mandatory juvenile justice alternative education program;
  • A child who is at least 17 years old and attending a course in preparation for the high school equivalency examination, and:

(i) has the permission of the child’s parent;
(ii) is under court order;
(iii) has established a separate residence; or
(iv) is homeless;

  • A child who is at least 17 years old and has a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate;
  • A child who is at least 16 years old and is attending a course in preparation for the high school equivalency examination if:

(i)   A public agency has recommended, or a court has ordered the course; or
(ii)  The child is enrolled in a Job Corps training program;

  • A child who is at least 16 years of age and is enrolled in a Job Corps diploma program under Chapter 18 of the Texas Education Code;
  • A child who is enrolled in the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science;
  • A child who is enrolled in the Texas Academy of Leadership in the Humanities;
  • A child who is enrolled in the Texas Academy of International Studies;
  • A child who is enrolled in the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science at the University of Texas at Brownsville; or
  • A child who is exempted under another law.

Tex. Educ. Code §25.086.

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General Information

This information is furnished to you to provide basic information relative to the law governing procedures for Failure to Attend School and Parent Contributing to Failure to Attend School cases in the Harris County Justice Courts.

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