Members of the Killeen Independent School District’s Board of Trustees will vote tomorrow night on a change to policy which allow military students with absences related to deploying family members.
The board will vote at their regular meeting Tuesday night on a change to the district’s student code of conduct. Those changes will set policy for excused absences for students who are dependents of active military personnel, including parents, stepparents, or legal guardians, if those absences are related to a deployment or return to active duty.
In order for those absences to be excused, certain conditions would have to be met. 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 this the potential policy is limited to five days, according to the preliminary draft of the policy.
Currently, the district’s code of conduct does not contain a provision for absences for military dependent students related to deployment. Of the 41,000 students enrolled in the district for the 2012-13 school year, more than half have family members in the military.
If the board votes to accepting the revisions to the code of conduct tomorrow night, the changes would take effect for the 2013-14 school year.