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Student Attendance

Truancy

 

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.
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.
 
Absence from school shall be excused only for health reasons, family emergencies and justifiable personal reasons as follows:
 
  • Personal illness
  • Quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officer
  • Medical, dental, optometric, or chiropractic appointments
  • Attendance at funeral services for a member of the immediate family
  • Participation in religious instruction or exercises in accordance with Charter School policy.
  • 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.
 
In addition, a student's absence shall be excused for justifiable personal reasons such as:
  • Appearance in court
  • Attendance at a funeral
  • Observation of a holiday or ceremony of his/her religion
  • Attendance at religious retreats for no more than four hours during a semester
  • Attendance at the pupil’s naturalization ceremony to become a United States citizen
 
Student Tardy Policy
 
Students must be in their seats when the tardy bell rings. Teachers must keep a record of students who are tardy (30 minutes or under). The following tardy policy is followed school-wide:
 
  • Three (3) tardies in one quarter: Office and/or teacher will call parent or guardian and offer counseling service
  • Five (5) tardies in one quarter: Office and/or teacher will call parent; the 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.

Referral to Appropriate Agencies:

 

It is the School’s intent to identify and remove all barriers to the student’s success, and the School will explore every possible option to address student attendance issues with the family. For any unexcused absence, the School may refer the family to appropriate school-based and/or social service agencies.