Attending school between the ages of 6 and 18 is not only a basic right of every person, but also a legal obligation. By law, parents are responsible for their children being in school every day during the school year.
Compulsory school attendance laws provide all children of certain ages with the benefits of regular schooling, with certain exceptions:
Exemptions: Children may be exempted from attending school, at the request of their parents, for various extenuating circumstances defined by state law. (Ed. Code 48410)
Exclusion: The Board of Education can exclude from school attendance children with "filthy or vicious" habits, those suffering from infectious or contagious diseases and those affected by physical or mental conditions inimical to the welfare of other children. (Ed. Code 48211 and 48212) EXCUSING ABSENCES
Research shows a high correlation between regular attendance and positive academic achievement. We expect all students to be in school every day on time, and to attend all scheduled classes and the required activities.
It is extremely important that parents send a note of excuse whenever their child is absent from school. Failure to do so will not only cause an unexcused absence, but will also affect the student's grades. The note of excuse should include the following:
Excused absences are those due to: Student’s illness, medical, optical or dental appointments, funeral of immediate family members, religious holidays and mandatory court appearances. Students will have the opportunity to make up work missed for all excused absences. Excessive excused absences may require written verification by a medical doctor.
A pupil shall be excused from school when the absence is:
Education Code 48205. Pupils absent from school for any excusable reason shall be allowed to complete all assignments and tests. The test and assignments shall be reasonably equivalent to, but not necessarily identical to, the test and assignments that the pupil missed during the absence. Education Code 48913. The teacher of any class from which a pupil is suspended may require the suspended pupil to complete any assignments and tests missed during the suspension. However, teachers are not required to provide make-up work to suspended students.
Students who are truant or whose attendance is irregular shall be referred to the district School Attendance Review Board (SARB) for appropriate action.