Education Code Section 48260 defines a truant as a pupil who has missed more than 30 minutes on three days without valid excuse in one school year. Our goal is to have all children present in school every day and on time. Our district’s policy is that we may require verification of absences due to illness or quarantine, if your child has missed school for three consecutive days. Please be aware that going “out of town” when school is in session with your child is an unexcused absence.
Additionally, there is a new attendance law this 2017-2018 school year that requires the school district to record any student who is more than 30 minutes late to school as being absent/truant to that class. Furthermore, if a student leaves school more than 30 minutes before the end of the school day, even if checked out by the parent, that student will be recorded as absent from their last period class.
If a student is absent, he/she should return with a note verifying the reason for the absence. If a child is absent it is important to immediately make contact with their home and determine the cause. It is the responsibility of the teacher to follow up each absence and verify the reason for the absence. This is a very important piece in the educational process. A timely response can help us to keep children in school and ensure academic success. The Attendance Secretary is an excellent resource to help you with children that have attendance problems.