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Attendance - Policies and Programs

The Importance of Attendance:

  • Good attendance helps children do well in school and the workplace.
  • Attendance matters for school success, starting as early as Transitional kindergarten, throughout elementary school and beyond.
  • Developing the habit of attendance prepares students for success on the job and in life.
  • School attendance is the strongest predictor of High School Graduation.

What Parents Can Do:

  • Send your child to school every day on time.
  • Don’t let your child miss school without a valid reason. Avoid medical appointments during the school day or vacations when school is in session.
  • Maintain a positive attitude about school and attendance. Children are taught the value of education by the adults in their lives!
  • Create routines and stick to them! Make sure your child goes to bed early, prepare school clothes and supplies the night before, and have them ready for school the next day.
  • Contact your school principal if your child is having problems attending school regularly.

HELP YOUR CHILD BE SUCCESSFUL BY BEING IN SCHOOL EVERY DAY AND ON TIME!

OUR DISTRICT’S ATTENDANCE GOAL FOR THE 2023-2024 SCHOOL YEAR IS 96%

Compulsory Attendance Laws:

  • California Education Code 48200: students between the ages of 6 and 18 years are required to attend school full time, unless otherwise exempt.
  • California Education Code 48260: any student who is absent without a valid excuse 3 full days in one school year or tardy for more than a 30-minute period without a valid excuse or a combination of both is considered a Truant.
  • California Education Code 48263: habitually truant students may be referred to SARB -School Attendance Review Board-.
  • California Education Code 48293: failure to comply with SARB is an infraction and the parent may be fined up to $500.
  • California Penal Code 270.1: if parents allow their children in the K-8th grade to miss 10% or more of the school year; they can be prosecuted for a misdemeanor with up to one year in jail and $2,000 in fines.

·         CA Education Code 48260 Article 5 Truants

·         CA Education Code 48293 Article 6 Violations

·         CA Penal Code 270 Abandonment and Neglect of Children