Attending class regularly and being on time have a direct effect on a student’s success in meeting course requirements for high school graduation.
Attendance in school is legally mandatory for all students under the age of 18 and also required in order to be successful in district courses.
For what reasons may a student be legally absent and excused from school?
According to our district’s Student Code of Conduct, there are only 6 legal excused reasons for a student to be absent from school which are:
1. Illness or quarantine (doctor’s note required for 5 or more consecutive days)
2. Medical, chiropractic, optometric, or dental services
3. The funeral of members of student’s immediate family (as defined in Ed Code 45194)
4. Court and legal appointments
5. Observances of religious holiday or ceremony
6. Pre-Approved School Activity (school officials only)
Student will not be excused for any other reason besides the six listed above. Parents/guardians, therefore, should not call or write a note directing the Attendance Office to excuse a student for any other reason.
When must a student provide a doctor’s note?
- When a student has had 14 absences in the school year for illness verified by methods listed in #1-3 above, any further absences for illness may be verified by a physician. Absences need not to be consecutive.
- Contact the Health Office (558-2722) if your student has a serious illness.
How does the school notify parents/guardians about absences?
The school uses Connect Ed, an automated calling system, to notify parents on all period absences. When a student is absent a parent/guardian phone call or note is required within 72 hours of the absence.