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Attendance Policy

Student absences must be verified. If a student is absent his or her parent must, in person, in writing, or by phone, contact the school with a reason for the absences. All absences not verified by the parent will be considered truancy. Any student subject to compulsory education who is absent without a valid excuse more than three (3) days or tardy in excess of thirty  (30) minutes on each of more than three days in one school year shall be classified as a truant and shall be reported to the Superintendent or designee. Continued truancy will result in parent conferences and may result in a referral to the School Attendance Review Board. Students who engage in chronic truancy are referred to court and face legal action.

Excused Absences

Absences listed below are excused when verified:

1. A Student illness will be marked "excused" when verified by the school's health office or doctor's note and will be marked "absent" (not truant) when verified by parent/guardian. Absences not verified by doctor, nurse or parent will be marked "truant".

 

2. Medical, dental, optometrical, or chiropractic appointments:

     a. Please make medical appointments after school hours whenever possible.

     b. Students will be released for appointments only with the written approval of parent/guardian, and to adults listed on their emergency card.

 

3. Attending funeral services of a member of the student's immediate family, so long as such absence is not more than one day if the service is conducted in California and not more than three days of the service is conducted outside of California.

 

4. For justifiable personal reasons, including, but not limited to, an appearance in court, attendance at a funeral service, observance of a holiday or ceremony of his or her religion, attendance at religious retreats (shall not exceed four hours per semester).

 

5. For the purpose of spending time with a member of the student's immediate family, who is an active duty member of the uniformed/military services, 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.

A student absent from school under this section shall be allowed to complete all assignments and tests missed during the absence that can be reasonably provided and, upon satisfactory completion within a reasonable period of time, shall be given full credit therefore. The teacher of the class from which a student is absent shall determine which tests and assignments shall be reasonably equivalent to, but not necessarily identical to, the tests and assignments that the student missed during the absence.