Admissions and Attendance
The public schools of our nation are unique among the world's educational systems, open free of charge to all school-aged residents who have not yet graduated and are not enrolled elsewhere. Generally, students attend school where they live, but state law allows for certain exceptions and transfers. The following are resources related to public school admissions, including transfers, and attendance.
Your local school board policy manual contains TASB's (LEGAL) reference policies and board-adopted (LOCAL) policies. Your district may also have relevant administrative regulations. For more information on student admissions, see district policy and regulations at the following codes:
||Public Education Grants
||Intradistrict Transfers and Classroom Assignments
||School Safety Transfers
- The Texas Education Agency (TEA) Correspondence Re: Attendance, Admission, Enrollment Records and Tuition, issued annually, summarizes several related statutes and associated TEA interpretation.
- The TEA Student Attendance Accounting Handbook contains information related to enrollment procedures and requirements at section 3.3.
- The Department of Family and Protective Services Authorization Agreement for Nonparent Relative provides a manner by which a child's parent may authorize certain close relatives to perform specific acts on behalf of a child, as described in Texas Family Code section 34.002, including enrolling a child in school.
- The TEA Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) Website addresses PEIMS reporting rules and provides links to statewide data and reports.
- The Texas Department of State Health Services’ Immunization Branch provides information regarding immunizations.
- The TEA Civil Action 5281 Website provides information on the impact of Texas' desegregation order on student transfers.
- The Charles A. Dana Center Texas Homeless Education Office provides a number of resources to help districts identify and serve homeless students.
- The National Center for Homeless Education Website provides information on the education of homeless youths, including the applicable statutes, guidance, and related resources.
- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration Homelessness Resource Center Website provides resources addressing the issue of homelessness, including the education of homeless students.
- TEA’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act Website provides information on a school district’s responsibilities for homeless students.
- TEA's Military Family Resources Website provides information on educating military dependents, including information regarding the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children.
- The Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission Website provides information about the Interstate Compact, answers to frequently asked questions, and related resources.
- The U.S. DOE Unsafe School Choice Option Non-Regulatory Guidance provides information on the application of statutes providing parents the option to request a transfer if their children attend an unsafe school. ESSA did not substantively amend these statutes.
- The TEA Public Education Grant (PEG) Frequently Asked Questions Website provides information about PEG transfers and related issues like athletic eligibility and transportation.
- The U.S. DOE Office of Migrant Education Website provides information about the federal migrant education programs and educating migrant youth.
- The TEA Foreign Exchange Students Frequently Asked Questions provides information about waivers, student visas, and related issues.
- The U.S. DOE Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Website provides information about foreign exchange students and student visas.
For more information on attendance, see district policy and regulations at the following codes:
||Attendance for Credit
- TASB Legal Services’ Snapshot Truancy Guide provides a snapshot overview comparing truancy provisions in the Texas Education Code as they existed before the 2015-16 school year and with changes made from House Bill 2398, which was effective on September 1, 2015.
For more information on students in foster care, see district policy and regulations at the following code:
- The Texas Education Agency (TEA) Foster Care Student Success Website contains numerous Agency resources, including a detailed Resource Guide for foster care liaisons and other school officials.
- The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), Child Protective Services (CPS), offers guidance on education stability for students in the care of the State of Texas.
- The Supreme Court of Texas’ Children’s Commission has gathered resources on foster care and education and produced the Texas Blueprint: Transforming Education Outcomes for Children and Youth in Foster Care.