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Excused Absence Receiving ADA

A student's absence shall be excused for the following reasons:

1. Personal illness. (Education Code 48205)

2. Quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officer. (Education Code 48205)

3. Medical, dental, optometrical, or chiropractic appointments. (Education Code 48205)

4. Attendance at funeral services for a member of the immediate family. (Education Code 48205)

a. Excused absence in this instance shall be limited to one day if the service is conducted in California or three days if the service is conducted out of state. (Education Code 48205)

b. "Immediate family" shall be defined as mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, spouse, son, daughter, brother, sister or any relative living in the student's immediate household. (Education Code 45194, 48205)

5. Jury duty in the manner provided by law. (Education Code 48205)

6. Exclusion, for up to five school days, for failure to present evidence of immunization. (Education Code 46010)

(cf. 5141.31 - Immunizations)

7. Participation in religious instruction or exercises in accordance with district policy. In such instances:

a. The student shall attend at least the minimum school day. (Education Code 46014)

b. The student shall be excused for this purpose on no more than four school days per month. (Education Code 46014)

Excused Absence Not Receiving ADA

A student's absence shall be excused for justifiable personal reasons including but not limited to: (Education Code 48205)

1. Appearance in court.

2. Attendance at a funeral service.

3. Observation of a holiday or ceremony of his/her religion.

4. Attendance at religious retreats for no more than four hours during a semester.

5. Employment interview or conference.

6. When the student is the custodial parent of a child who is ill or has a medical appointment during school hours.

Method of Verification

Students who have been absent must present a satisfactory explanation verifying the reason for the absence. The following methods may be used to verify student absences:

1. Conversation, in person, by telephone, or via taped message between the verifying district employee and the student's parent/guardian or parent representative. The employee shall subsequently record the following:

a. Name of student.

b. Name of parent/guardian or parent representative.

c. Name of verifying employee.

d. Date or dates of absence.

e. Reason for absence.

2. Visit to the student's home by the verifying employee, or any other reasonable method which establishes the fact that the student was actually absent for the reasons stated. A written record shall be made, including information outlined above.

3. Verification of confidential medical appointments by the student's physician. When excusing students for confidential medical services or verifying such appointments, district staff shall not ask the purpose of such appointments but may contact a medical office to confirm the time of the appointment.


Students shall be classified as truant if absent from school without a valid excuse three or more days in one school year or tardy or absent without a valid excuse in excess of 30 minutes on each of more than three occasions in one school year or any combination thereof. Such students shall be reported to the Superintendent. (Education Code 48260)

Upon the student's initial classification as a truant, the district will notify the student's parent/guardian of the following: (Education Code 48260.5)

1. The student is truant.

2. The parent/guardian is obligated to compel the student to attend school.

3. The parent/guardian who fails to meet this obligation may be guilty of an infraction of the law and subject to prosecution pursuant to Education Code 48290 et seq.

4. The parent/guardian has the right to meet with appropriate school personnel to discuss solutions to the student's truancy.

5. Alternative educational programs are available in the district.

6. The student may be subject to prosecution, including arrest by a probation officer, a peace officer, a school administrator, or an attendance supervisor under Education Code 48264, if found away from home and absent from school without a valid excuse.

7. The student may be subject to suspension, restriction or delay of his/her driving privilege pursuant to Vehicle Code 13202.7.

8. It is recommended that the parent/guardian accompany the student to school and attend classes with the student for one day.

Any student who has been reported as truant and who is again absent from school without a valid excuse one or more days, or tardy on one or more days, will again be reported as a truant to the attendance supervisor or the Superintendent.

Any student is deemed a habitual truant who has been reported as a truant three or more times per school year, as long as an appropriate district officer or employee has made a conscientious effort to hold at least one conference with a parent/guardian and the student himself, after the filing of the reports.

In this conference, the district officer may discuss resources available for achieving regular school attendance, which may include:

1. Program changes.

2. Referral of family to community agency.

3. Referral to school psychologist or student study team.

4. Modified day.

5. Independent study.

6. Special school projects, special programs.

7. School furlough.

8. Work-experience education.

9. Alternative education.

10. Referral for health checkup, medical examination.

When a student is referred to a school attendance review board or to the probation department, the Superintendent shall provide the student and parent/guardian, in writing, the name and address of the school attendance review board or probation department and the reason for the referral. This notice shall indicate that the student and parent/guardian are required, along with a district staff member to meet with the SARB or probation officer to consider a proper disposition of the referral. Education Code 48263.

If a student has been judged by the county juvenile court to be a habitual truant or habitually insubordinate or disorderly at school, or if a student has been required by the court to attend school as a condition of probation, the district shall inform the juvenile court and the student's probation or parole officer, within 10 days, whenever that student is insubordinate, disorderly at school, or truant or tardy without a valid excuse. (Education Code 48267)

The Superintendent shall gather and transmit to the County Superintendent of Schools the number of referrals and types of referrals made to the school attendance review board and the number of requests for petitions made to the juvenile court. (Education Code 48273)


approved: October 9, 1995 Mountain View, California

revised: May 12, 1997

revised: August 21, 2002