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Attendance Policy


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)


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:

  1. Written note from parent/guardian, parent representative, or student if 18 or older. (Ed. Code 46012)
  2. conversation between a verifying employee (Ex. Attendance clerk, Attendance and Behavior Assistant, Outreach Consultant) and the student's parent/guardian.
  3. 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.
  4. Physician's verification
  • 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.

Early Dismissal

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 ...more

Excused Absences

A student's absence will be excused for the following reasons (Ed. Code 48205):

  • Personal illness
  • Quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officer
  • Medical, dental, optometric, or ...more