Students are required to attend classes in accordance with compulsory full-time education laws (Ed. Code 48200). Categories for attendance accountability include the following:
- Excused: An excused absence is defined under Board Policy. The teacher is to allow a student to make up the work missed during absences to the degree possible for such work to be completed. An excused absence shall be granted for the following reasons:
- A) Personal Illness
- B) Quarantine under city or county direction
- C) Medical, dental, or optometry services
- D) Attending funeral service of an immediate family member
- E) Exclusion for not having been properly immunized; such absence excused for not more than five days
- F) Required court appearance
- G) For a student who is the custodial parent of a child who is ill or has a medical appointment during school hours
- Warranted: A warranted absence, requested in writing prior to the absence, requires approval in advance by a school administrator. These include, but are not limited to the following:
- A) Employment conference or interview
- B) Religious holidays or celebration
- C) College Visits (limited to three days per year)
- D) Bereavement beyond excused absence days.
Any absence under this section, which is not requested in advance and in writing, will be considered unexcused, and work may be made up only at the teacher’s discretion.
- Unexcused: Unexcused absences include, but are not limited to the following:
- A) Oversleeping
- B) Cut
- C) Lack of transportation, care of siblings, other non-illness absences
- D) Family trips and vacations
- E) Any absence not cleared within five days after the student returns to school.
- Suspensions: According to Board Policy, the teacher of any class from which a student is suspended may require the suspended student to complete any assignments and tests missed during the suspension (Ed Code 48913). Suspensions are treated as warranted excuse.
EXCUSING A STUDENT’S ABSENCE
It is the obligation of the parent/guardian of an absent student to excuse a student’s absence with a written note or phone call to the attendance office, no later than 5 school days following the student’s return to school. The note must be brought to the Attendance Office, should be easily read and should include the student’s first and last name, date(s) absent, and the reason(s) for the absence(s). Written notes may be brought to the Attendance Office at any time during the school day when classes aren’t in session. No one may be excused from class by a parent and still remain on campus.
SHORT TERM INDEPENDENT STUDIES
Independent Study for anticipated absence is appropriate only when a student will be absent from school for 5 or more consecutive days with a maximum of 20 school days in a school year. A Master Agreement for Independent Study Contract must be submitted at least 5 days in advance of the absence. (See Board Policy 6158)
PERMIT TO LEAVE / APPOINTMENTS
To take a student from school during the day, the parent/guardian must send a note with the student stating the time the student should be released and the reason. A telephone call or a personal contact by a parent will also be acceptable. The student needs to sign out at the attendance office before leaving and sign in upon return to school. A cut is issued if a student leaves campus without signing out at the Attendance Office and will be subjected to an unexcused absence.
Truancy is defined as three or more days of unexcused absences. Truant students and their parents may have to appear before a School Attendance Review Board and may be reported to the District Attorney. Unexcused absences or cuts may result in loss of academic credit and loss of a student’s work permit.
Students are not allowed to leave campus during the school day unless they obtain a “Permit to Leave” from the attendance office or health office or have an “Off Campus Permit” for unscheduled classes. Failure to follow check out procedure could result in disciplinary action.