School/Community Attendance Liaison
BASIC FUNCTION & RESPONSIBILITY: The Attendance Officer acts as a liaison between the District and Juvenile Court authorities in matters pertaining to school attendance. The attendance officer will work collaboratively with parents, campus personnel, and the community to foster improved student attendance and enhance student achievement.
CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: The essential functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the characteristic duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and abilities noted herein; however, this is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions found in this job description.
Management of Administrative, Fiscal and/or Facilities Functions:
1. Assist, as necessary, other Attendance Officers in investigating cases of unexcused and excessive absences and tardies and enforce provisions of compulsory attendance laws
2. Assist and oversee the issuing of warnings and filing complaints against students, parents, or individuals with parental control in accordance with compulsory attendance laws, Texas Education Code, and board policy; and refer to appropriate court.
3. Interpret and communicate compulsory attendance laws and school policy to parents and students.
4. Represent the school district in court hearings resulting from attendance problems.
5. Investigate cases of suspected drop out; retrieve textbooks and/or any other school property.
6. Makes home visitations to verify residences, guardianships, investigate suspected violations of the state's compulsory attendance law.
7. Counsel families and students to prevent and remedy truancy situations.
1. Lead district wide efforts in helping teachers, counselors, principals, and other staff to identify problems of tardiness, attendance, and student truancy.
2. Provide guidance in disseminating information to administrators, counselors, teachers, and other staff to help identify and counsel students at risk of dropping out, as well as their parents.
3. Provide direction in district initiatives with students in matters of attendance and tardiness and make a reasonable effort to gain their cooperation to improve attendance.
4. Promote consistent district wide effort in conducting home visits and parent conferences on student truancy and attendance problems.
5. Maintain constant engagement and act as liaison to local law enforcement agencies and courts in the area of student truancy.
1. Collaborate with the District Attendance Specialist, Department of Student Services, and campus teams to compile, maintain, and file all physical and computerized reports, records, and other documents required, including records of all cases investigated and reports required by the commissioner of education.**
2. Implement and comply with policies established by federal and state laws, State Board of Education rule, and local board policy in the area of student attendance.
3. Comply with all district and campus routines and regulations.
4. Comply with all district and assigned campus routines and regulations.
5. Implement a proactive framework to help maintain a positive and effective relationship with campus administrators and other personnel as well as central office staff.
6. Maintain effective communication with colleagues, students, and parents.
7. Maintain a positive and effective relationship with supervisors.
8. Administer oaths and serve legal process as it pertain to guardianships, affidavits of residency,
9. Grand-parent care forms and any other type of legal documentation regarding Attendance
10. Maintain confidentiality regarding all matters pertaining to internal district operations and proceedings
11. Participate in professional development to improve skills related to job assignment
12. Be willing to perform any and other duties as assigned by the Administrator for Campus Operations PK-12 as it pertain to district and campus operations matter.
EXPERIENCE: Two years working in compliance, law enforcement, or with children or adults in a leadership role
SUPERVISION EXERCISED: None
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
Knowledge of state compulsory attendance laws
Ability to interpret laws, policies, and procedures
Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills
Ability to operate personal computer to develop databases and do word processing
Ability to travel districtwide to conduct home visits and visit sites where truant students have been ? reported to the district
ENTRY QUALIFICATIONS: High school diploma or GED
PHYSICAL & MENTAL DEMANDS:
Maintain emotional control under stress
Frequent district wide travel
Occasional walking, running, and climbing
* The superintendent and peace officers shall perform the duties of attendance officer in districts where an attendance officer has not been designated by the board of trustees. (See Policy FDE (Legal))
**Texas Education Code §25.091—Powers and Duties of School Attendance Officer
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