The Killeen Independent School District changed its attendance policy to excuse absences for military students with deploying family members.

Members of the district’s board of trustees voted unanimously last week to approve changes to KISD’s code of student conduct relating to military students, allowing them up to five days of excused absences if they are dependents of active military personnel including parents, stepparents or legal guardians when those absences are related to a deployment or return to active duty.

“Being in a military community, this is something that is near and dear to our hearts,” said Andy Greer, the district’s director of student hearings. “This is really a benefit for (the district).”

The excused absences must fall under specific circumstances to be counted, according to the policy language.

In order for those absences to be excused, the deployment must be outside the locality of residence of the parent, the deployment must be for at least four continuous months and the absences from school must be taken no earlier than the 60 days prior to the deployment and no later than 30 days following the return from deployment. The number of excused absences under the potential policy is limited to five days.

The changes to the policy will begin in the 2013-2014 school year, and were the result of legislation recently signed by Gov. Rick Perry.

Contact Chris McGuinness at chrism@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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