Truancy and Attendance

Attendance and Excuses

Students are required to attend school regularly. 

Students shall be classified as truant if the student is absent from school without a valid excuse three full days in one school year, or if the student is tardy or absent for more than any 30-minute period during the school day without a valid excuse on three occasions in one school year, or any combination thereof. 

In addition, students shall be classified as a chronic truant if the student is absent from school without a valid excuse for 10 percent or more of the school days in one school year, from the date of enrollment to the current date.

The School shall implement positive steps to reduce truancy, including working with the family in an attempt to resolve the attendance problem. A student's progress and learning may be affected by excessive unexcused absences.
Student Tardy Policy

Regular and punctual attendance is expected of all students. Students must be in their seats when the tardy bell rings. A student is considered tardy upon arrival to any class after the tardy bell. Any unexcused tardy in excess of 30 minutes, may be counted toward truancy. The following tardy policy will be followed school-wide:
 
• Three (3) tardies in one quarter: Office and/or teacher will call parent or guardian and offer counseling
• Five (5) tardies in one quarter: Office and/or teacher will call parent; student will serve after school detention
• Seven (7) tardies in one quarter: Mandatory conference with student, parent, teacher, and administrator
 
The student and his or her parent/guardian will be required to sign an attendance contract after seven (7) tardies, under 30 minutes each, in one quarter. For tardies over 30 minutes, see the Truancy Process below.

When arriving late, the parent/guardian or student is expected to sign in through the school office and obtain a tardy slip before reporting to class. This practice supports student safety.
Student Absence Policy

All absences – excused or unexcused – take away from a student’s classroom instruction. Every time a student is absent, the parent will receive notification via telephone.
 
Excused Absences
Absence from school shall be excused only for health reasons, family emergencies and other justifiable personal reasons, as permitted by law or Board policy. A student's absence shall be excused for the following reasons:

1. Personal illness
2. Quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officer
3. Medical, dental, optometric, or chiropractic appointments
4. Attendance at funeral services for a member of the immediate family:
a. Excused absence in this instance shall be limited to one day if the service is conducted in California or three days if the service is conducted out of state
b. "Immediate family" shall be defined as mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, spouse, son/son-in-law, daughter/daughter-in-law, brother, sister or any relative living in the student's immediate household
5. Observation of religious holiday or ceremony
6. Participation in religious instruction or exercises
a. The student shall be excused for this purpose on no more than four school days per month
7. Attendance at religious retreats for no more than four hours during a semester
8. For the purpose of spending time with a member of the pupil’s immediate family, who is an active duty member of the uniformed services, as defined in Section 49701, and has been called to duty for, is on leave from, or has immediately returned from, deployment to a combat zone or combat support position
9. Appearance in court
10. Attendance at the pupil’s naturalization ceremony to become a United States citizen