Good attendance is essential for school success. Parents can help by promoting punctuality and regular attendance. Medical appointments should be scheduled outside of school hours or on non-school days.
The parent must call the school as soon as possible,if a student is absent from school. If the school does not receive a call or note from the parent, the school will notify the parent that the student is not in school. High schools have an automated phone notification system.
EXCUSED absences include:
• Illness or quarantine
• Funeral attendance for an immediate family member (1 day if within California, up to 3 days for out of California)
• Court subpoena of the student
• Medical appointment of the student
• Religious holiday
• Illness of the child of a teen parent
During excused absences, students will be allowed to complete assignments and tests that can be sensibly provided and completed in a reasonable period of time with full credit.
UNEXCUSED absences include:
• Family vacation on days when school is in session
• Late more than 30 minutes. Three lates is considered truant.
• Personal reasons such as moving, car breakdown, family illness, etc. A principal may excuse an absence under some circumstances.
• Truancy - ditching or cutting class.
• Uncleared absence with no contact from the home
Family vacations need to be scheduled for non-school days. These absences are unexcused if they occur when school is in session.
After 10 days of consecutive uncleared absences, a student may be dropped from the school in which he/she is enrolled and could be at risk of losing his/her classroom assignment or place at the school.
"Each person between the ages of 6 and 18 years not exempted under the provisions of this chapter or Chapter 3 (commencing with section 48400) are subject to compulsory full-time education. Each person subject to compulsory full-time education and each person subject to compulsory education not exempted under the provisions of Chapter 3 (commencing with section 48400) shall attend the public full-time day school or continuation school or classes and for the full time as designated as the length of the school day by the governing board of the school district in which residency of either the parent or legal guardian is located and each parent, guardian, or other person having control or charge of the pupil shall send the pupil to the public full-time day school or continuation school or classes and for the full time designated as the length of the school day by the governing board of the school district in which the residence of either the parent or legal guardian is located."
California Education Code §48200
Parents can access their student's attendance daily on the internet using Parent Connect. Contact you child's school to sign up and get an access code.