The most important factor for student's academic success is their attendance in the classroom. Students must be in school every day, on time and ready to learn. Please explain the importance of daily school attendance to your child. The State of California has established that it is a parent's legal responsibility to ensure that their child/children attend school. If your child is truant, school personnel must refer the parents and students to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB), and if necessary, to the District Attorney's office and Truancy Court.
Students will be classified as truant if absent from school without a valid excuse three full days in one school year or tardy or absent for more than any 30-minute period during the school day without valid excuse on three occasions in one school year, or any combination. (Ed. Code 48260)
VERIFICATION OF ABSENCES
When students who have been absent return to school, they should present a satisfactory explanation verifying the reason for the absence. Families are allowed 5 school days to clear absences. The following methods may be used to verify student absences:
Written note from parent/guardian, parent representative, or student if 18 or older. (Ed. Code 46012)
conversation between a verifying employee (Ex. Attendance clerk, Attendance and Behavior Assistant, Outreach Consultant) and the student's parent/guardian.
visit to the students home by a verifying employee, or any other reasonable method which establishes the fact that the student was absent for the reasons stated.
When excusing students for confidential medical services or verifying such appointments, district staff will not ask the purpose of such appointments but may contact a medical office to confirm the time of the appointment.
When a student has had 10 absences in the school year for illness/quarantine/health appointment, any further similar absences must be verified by a physician.
For the safety and protection of your child, your cooperation with the following procedures will be appreciated:
Students leaving during the day for any reason should bring a note from a parent or guardian authorizing the release of the child.
Any adult picking up a student must come to the office first, sign the register, state his/her relationship to the child and the reason for taking the child early,
If any adult other than the parent or the guardian comes for the student, a signed note from the parent/guardian permitting release of the child is required.
For the benefit of your child, try to avoid scheduling medical appointments when testing is taking place, or when field trips or special school events have been planned.
A student's absence will be excused for the following reasons (Ed. Code 48205):
Quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officer
Medical, dental, optometric, or chiropractic appointments
Attendance at funeral services for a member of the immediate family. Excused absence in this instance will be limited to one day if the service is conducted in California or three days if the service is conducted out of state. "Immediate family" will be defined as mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, spouse, son/son-in-law, daughter/daughter-in-law, brother, sister or any relative living in student's immediate household.
Jury duty in the manner provided by law
the illness or medical appointment during school hours of a child to whom the student is the custodial parent
Upon advance written request by the parent/guardian and the approval of the principal or designee, justifiable personal reasons including but not limited to appearance in court, attendance at a funeral service, observation of a holiday or ceremony of his/her religion, attendance at religious retreats (not to exceed four hours per semester), attendance at an employment conference, service on a precinct board for an election.
Participation in religious instruction or exercises in accordance with district policy. (Ed. Code 46014) in such instances, the student will attend at least the minimum school day and be excused for the purpose on no more than four days per school month.