Sec. 25.093. Parent Contributing to Non-Attendance, Texas Education Code
When a student misses 10 or more days or parts of days within 6 months and there is documented evidence that the parent was criminally negligent in contributing to the cause of the absences the parent can be filed on in JP court. Each case is evaluated on an individual basis and the school must provide evidence that attempts were made to engage the parent and improve the student’s attendance. Parent Contributing to Non-Attendance is a Class C misdemeanor. Please click on the link below for the entire statute.
(a) If a warning is issued as required by Section 25.095(a), the parent with criminal negligence fails to require the child to attend school as required by law, and the child has absences for the amount of time specified under Section 65.003(a), Family Code, the parent commits an offense.
(b) The attendance officer or other appropriate school official shall file a complaint against the parent in:
(1) the constitutional county court of the county in which the parent resides or in which the school is located, if the county has a population of 1.75 million or more;
(2) a justice court of any precinct in the county in which the parent resides or in which the school is located; or
(3) a municipal court of the municipality in which the parent resides or in which the school is located.
(c) An offense under Subsection (a) is a misdemeanor, punishable by fine only, in an amount not to exceed:
(1) $100 for a first offense;
(2) $200 for a second offense;
(3) $300 for a third offense;
(4) $400 for a fourth offense; or
(5) $500 for a fifth or subsequent offense.