5113 – Student – Student Attendance – Absences and Excuses

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Adopted – 7/16/1998
Revised – 9/2/2010
The Governing Board believes that regular attendance plays a key role in student achievement. The Board recognizes its responsibility under the law to ensure that students attend school regularly. Parents/guardians of children aged 6 years to 18 years are obligated to send their children to school unless otherwise provided by law. The Board shall abide by all state attendance laws and may use appropriate legal means to correct the problems of excessive absence or truancy.

Excused Absences

Absence from school shall be excused only for health reasons, family emergencies and justifiable personal reasons, (listed in the regulation) as permitted by law, Board policy and administration regulations. (EC 46010, 46010.5, 48205)

Insofar as class participation is an integral part of students’ learning experiences, parents/guardians and students shall be encouraged to schedule medical appointments during nonschool hours.

Students in grades K-6 should not be absent from school without their parents/ guardians’ knowledge or consent except in cases of medical emergency.

Student absence for religious instruction or participation in religious exercises away from school property may be considered excused subject to administrative regulations and law. (Education Code 46014)

Unexcused Absences/Truancy

The Board desires to emphasize the importance of school attendance. The Superintendent or designee shall implement positive steps to reduce truancy, such as communication with parents/guardians and the use of student study teams.

Students who are habitual truants or habitually insubordinate or disorderly during attendance at school may be referred to the District attorney’s office or to the county probation department.

When the student’s attendance problems cannot be resolved or the student and parent/guardian have failed to respond to directives to correct the problem, a student who has been classified as truant may be referred to the District attorney or probation officer for truancy mediation.

A student’s grades may be affected by excessive unexcused absences in accordance with Board policy. Students with excessive unexcused absences (25% of the school days in a quarter) may receive a failing grade and may not receive credit for the class(es).

Legal Reference:
EDUCATION CODE
1740 Employment of personnel to supervise attendance (county superintendent)
2550-2558.6 Computation of revenue limits
37201 School month
37223 Weekend classes
41601 Reports of average daily attendance
42238-42250.1 Apportionments
46000 Records (attendance)
46010-46014 Absences
46100-46119 Attendance in kindergarten and elementary schools
46140-46147 Attendance in junior high and high schools
48200-48208 Children ages 6-18 (compulsory full-time attendance)
48210-48216 Exclusions from attendance
48225.5 Work Permits
48240-48246 Supervisors of attendance
48260-48273 Truants
48292 Filing complaint against parent
48320-48324 School attendance review boards
48340-48341 Improvement of student attendance
49067 Unexcused absences as cause of failing grade
ELECTIONS CODE
12302 Student participation on precinct boards
FAMILY CODE
6920-6929 Consent by minor
VEHICLE CODE
13202.7 Driving privileges; minors; suspension or delay for habitual truancy
WELFARE AND INSTITUTIONS CODE
601-601.4 Habitually truant minors
11253.5 Compulsory school attendance
CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5
306 Explanation of absence
420-421 Record of verification of absence due to illness and other causes
ATTORNEY GENERAL OPINIONS
66 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 245, 249 (1983)
COURT DECISIONS
American Academy of Pediatrics et al v. Lungren et al (1997) 16 Cal.4th 307

Management Resources:
CDE MANAGEMENT ADVISORIES
0114.98 School Attendance and CalWORKS, Management Bulletin 98-01
CSBA ADVISORIES
0520.97 Welfare Reform and Requirements for School Attendance
WEB SITES
CSBA: http://www.csba.org

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