In order for students to have the best opportunity to achieve academic success, it is imperative that they attend school daily.

California law allows that students can be absent from school for the following reasons: Personal illness, quarantine directed by a county or city health official, dentist, doctor, optometrist, or chiropractor; death in the immediate family; attendance at funeral services of the immediate family (one day in state and three days out of state).Pursuant to board policy, when a student has had 14 absences in the school year for illness, further absences for illness must be verified by a physician (AR 5113).

1. When a student is absent from school, a telephone call from the parents or guardian to the school by 11:00 a.m. that day is required giving the following information:

(a) Parent or guardian name

(b) Student's name

(c) Reason for absence

(d) Estimated date of return

(e) Whether assignments are needed

2. If a student has been absent and no phone call has been made, then the student MUST bring a WRITTEN NOTE stating the date, reason, days of absence and parent signature to the main office no later than five school days from the absence.

Note: Students who are absent repeatedly will be referred to the school administration, which may result in a referral to the school attendance review board (SARB).

A student may receive a failing grade for unexcused absences exceeding ten (10) days after a period of seven (7) days have been allowed for the student or the student’s parent/guardian to explain the absences. The student’s record must reflect that the failing grade was due to unexcused absences.