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Absences And Excuses   

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The Governing Board believes that regular attendance plays an important role in student achievement. The Board recognizes its responsibility under the law to ensure that students attend school regularly. Parents/guardians of children aged 6 to 18 are obligated to send their children to school unless otherwise provided by law. The Board shall abide by all state attendance laws and may use appropriate legal means to correct the problems of excessive absence or truancy.

(cf. 5112.1 - Exemptions from Attendance)

(cf. 5112.2 - Exclusions from Attendance)

(cf. 5113.1 - Chronic Absence and Truancy)

(cf. 5121 - Grades/Evaluation of Student Achievement)

(cf. 6154 - Homework/Makeup Work)

Absence from school shall be excused only for health reasons, family emergencies, and justifiable personal reasons, as permitted by law, Board policy, and administration regulation. (Education Code 48205)

Student absence for religious instruction or participation in religious exercises away from school property may be considered excused subject to law and administrative regulation. (Education Code 46014)

Inasmuch as school attendance and class participation are integral to students' learning experiences, parents/guardians and students shall be encouraged to schedule medical and other appointments during non-school hours.

Students shall not be absent from school without their parents/guardians' knowledge or consent, except in cases of medical emergency or, as authorized pursuant to Education Code 46010.1, for a confidential medical appointment.

At the beginning of each academic year, the following notifications shall be sent to the parents/guardians of all students, and to all students in grades 7 through 12: "Education Code 46010.1 states that authorities may excuse any student from school to obtain confidential medical services without the consent of the student's parent/guardian."

(cf. 5145.6 - Parental Notifications)

Unexcused Absences/Truancy

The Superintendent or designee shall implement positive steps to reduce truancy, such as communication with parents/guardians and the use of student study teams.

The District endorses the use of a School Attendance Review Board, as allowed by law, in order to meet the special needs of students with school attendance or school behavior problems.

Students who are habitual truants or habitually insubordinate or disorderly during attendance at school may be referred to the County Truancy Court.

When the student's attendance problems cannot be resolved or the student and parent/guardian have failed to respond to directives to correct the problem, the School Attendance Review Board or probation officer may ask the County Superintendent of Schools to request a juvenile court petition on behalf of the student.

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.

(cf. 5121 - Grades/Evaluation of Student Achievement)

(cf. 6154 - Homework/Makeup Work)

The Board shall, by resolution entered into its minutes, approve reasonable methods that may be used to verify student absences due to illness or quarantine. (5 CCR 421)

Legal Reference:


1740 Employment of personnel to supervise attendance (county superintendent)

37201 School month

37223 Weekend classes

41601 Reports of average daily attendance

42238-42250.1 Apportionments

46000 Records (attendance)

46010-46014 Absences

46100-46119 Attendance in kindergarten and elementary schools

46140-46147 Attendance in junior high and high schools

48200-48208 Children ages 6-18 (compulsory full-time attendance)

48210-48216 Exclusions from attendance

48240-48246 Supervisors of attendance

48260-48273 Truants

48292 Filing complaint against parent

48320-48324 School attendance review boards

48340-48341 Improvement of student attendance

48980 Parent notifications

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


6920-6929 Consent by minor for medical treatment


13202.7 Driving privileges; minors; suspension or delay for habitual truancy


601-601.4 Habitually truant minors

11253.5 Compulsory school attendance


306 Explanation of absence

420-421 Record of verification of absence due to illness and other causes


87 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 168 (2004)

66 Ops. Cal. Atty. Gen. 245, 249 (1983)


American Academy of Pediatrics et al v. Lungren et al (1997) 16 Cal.4th 307

Management Resources:


Improving Student Achievement by Addressing Chronic Absence, Policy Brief, December 2010




adopted: May 5, 2011 Folsom, California

revised: February 16, 2012

revised: December 12, 2013

revised: June 15, 2017