Daily school attendance is critical for a student’s success. By law, parents are obligated to send their child to school daily. Every day a student misses school, he/she becomes more than two days behind in class. Not only is the missed day lost, the return day is spent catching up. Parents are strongly encouraged to schedule medical appointments during non-school hours. A student’s absence from school shall be excused for the following reasons only: personal illness, quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officer, medical appointments, attendance at a funeral services for a member of the immediate family. Whenever a student is absent no funding is received. No longer is an "excused" absence (due to illness, funeral, etc.) funded. If a student is absent FOR ANY REASON, funding is lost.
Upon advanced written request by the parent/guardian and the approval of the principal or designee, justifiable personal reasons for absences include but are not limited to: observation of a holiday or ceremony of his/her religion, attendance at religious retreats not to exceed four hours per semester, participation in religious instruction or exercises in accordance with districtpolicy. All other absences are considered unexcused. Whenever possible, a student who is absent for a reason other than illness should attend at least the minimum school day.
When a student who has been absent returns to school the parent needs to provide a written note or contact the school office to verify the reason for the absence. School absences are monitored carefully throughout the year. If a student has more than fourteen absences in a school year for illness, a physician may be asked to verify further absences for illness. Excessive excused absences and/or tardies may also require notification to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB).
A student absent from school without a valid excuse or tardy in excess of thirty minutes (30) or more on three (3) or more days in one (1) school year is considered truant. Parents will receive written notification in the event their child is truant. Students who continue to have unexcused absences or tardies of thirty minutes (30) or more may also require notification to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB). This is a requirement of the California Education Code.