Escondido Union HSD | BP 5113 Students
Absences And Excuses
The Governing Board believes that regular attendance plays an important role in student achievement. The Board shall work with parents/guardians and students to ensure their compliance with all state attendance laws, and may use appropriate legal means to correct problems of chronic absence or truancy.
(cf. 5112.1 - Exemptions from Attendance)
(cf. 5112.2 - Exclusions from Attendance)
(cf. 5121 - Grades/Evaluation of Student Achievement)
Absence from school shall be excused only for health reasons, family emergencies and justifiable personal reasons, as permitted by law, Board policy and administration regulations. (Education Code 46010, 48205, 48216)
(cf. 6154 - Homework/Makeup Work)
Insofar as class participation is an integral part of students' learning experiences, parents/guardians and students shall be encouraged to schedule medical appointments during non-school hours.
At the beginning of each academic year, notifications shall be sent to the parents/guardians of all students and to all students in grades 9 through 12, informing them that school authorities may excuse any student from school to obtain confidential medical services without the consent of the student's parent/guardian. (Education Code 46010.0)
(cf. 5145.6 - Parental Notifications)
Students should not be absent from school without their parents/guardians' knowledge or consent except in cases of medical emergency or confidential medical appointment.
Effect of Absence on Grades/Credits
If a student's absence is excused under Education Code 48205, he/she shall be allowed to complete any missed assignment or test that can be reasonably given, as determined by the teacher of that class. The student shall be given full credit for the assignment or test if he/she satisfactorily completes the assignment or test within a reasonable period of time. (Education Code 48205)
A student's grades may be affected by excessive unexcused absences in accordance with Board policy.
The Superintendent or designee shall implement positive steps to reduce truancy, such as communication with parents/guardians and the use of student study teams.
(cf. 5147 - Dropout Prevention)
(cf. 6164.5 - Student Study Teams)
(cf. 6176 - Weekend/Saturday Classes)
1740 Employment of personnel to supervise attendance (county superintendent)
37201 School month
37223 Weekend classes
41601 Reports of average daily attendance
46000 Records (attendance)
48292 Filing complaint against parent
49067 Unexcused absences as cause of failing grade
49701 Provisions of the interstate compact on educational opportunities for military children
12302 Student participation on precinct boards
13202.7 Driving privileges; minors; suspension or delay for habitual truancy
WELFARE AND INSTITUTIONS CODE
11253.5 Compulsory school attendance
CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5
306 Explanation of absence
ATTORNEY GENERAL OPINIONS
87 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 168 (2004)
66 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 244 (1983)
American Academy of Pediatrics et al v. Lungren et al (1997) 16 Cal.4th 307
Improving Student Achievement by Addressing Chronic Absence, Policy Brief, December 2010
Policy ESCONDIDO UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT
adopted: February 11, 2015 Escondido, California