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.

Admissions
Attendance
Foster Care

Admissions   

Related Policies

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:

FD Admissions
FDA Interdistrict Transfers
FDAA Public Education Grants
FDB Intradistrict Transfers and Classroom Assignments
FDC Homeless Students
FDD Military Dependents
FDE School Safety Transfers

TASB Resources

  • TASB Legal Services’ School Admissions Issues, for sale in the TASB Store, is a full-length legal outline with an overview of when students are entitled to admission and what documentation is required, as well as common questions about transfers, early kindergarten admissions, and more. 

Other Resources

Attendance   

Related Policies

For more information on attendance, see district policy and regulations at the following codes:

FEA Compulsory Attendance
FEB Attendance Accounting
FEC Attendance for Credit
FED Attendance Enforcement
FEE Open/Closed Campus
FEF Released Time
FNE Pregnant Students Leave of Absence

TASB Resources

  • TASB Legal Services' 2015-16 Principal's Guide to Truancy provides a snapshot overview of a comparison of truancy provisions in the Education Code as they exist currently and with changes made from House Bill 2398, passed by the 84th legislature.  The guide addresses truancy provisions as they will become effective on September 1, 2015.


Other Resources

Foster Care

Related Policies

For more information on students in foster care, see district policy and regulations at the following code:

FD Admissions

Other Resources

  • 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.