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The Board of Trustees believes that regular attendance plays a key role in student achievement. The Board recognizes its responsibility under the law to ensure that students attend school regularly. Parents/guardians of students 6 to 17 years of age are obligated to send their students to school unless otherwise provided by law and to notify the school if the student is going to be absent. 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. 5121 - Grades/Evaluation of Student Achievement)

Field Trips, Interscholastic Athletic Events and School Meetings

Authorized school field trips (including participation in interscholastic athletic events) and school meetings which must necessarily be held during school hours by a regular or auxiliary staff member are not considered absences since they are part of the school program. Participants are expected to make up work missed due to these absences in the same manner as a warranted absence.

Excused Absences

Absence from school shall be excused only for health reasons, family emergencies and justifiable personal reasons, as permitted by law, Board policy and administrative regulations. (Education Code 46010, 46010.5, 48205)

(cf. 6154 - Homework/Makeup Work)

Students who are 18 or older may provide their own excuses for absences. (Education Code 46012)

Medical Appointments

Parents/guardians and students shall be encouraged to schedule medical appointments during non school hours.

Parent Notification

At the beginning of each academic year, notifications shall be sent to the parents/guardians of all students in grades 9-12, 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 46010.1)

(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, confidential medical appointment, or in any instance where the student legally may obtain medical services without parental consent. Students who are 18 or older may provide their own excuses for absences. (Education Code 46012)

Religious Exercises or Instruction, Retreats

Student absence for religious instruction or participation in religious exercises away from school property may be considered excused subject to administrative regulations and law (Education Code 46014). Student absence for attendance at religious retreats or observations of a religious holiday or ceremony may be considered a warranted absence subject to administrative regulations and law.

Unexcused Absences/Truancy

The Superintendent or designee shall implement positive steps to reduce truancy, such as, but not limited to, communication with parents/guardians or the use of student study teams.

(cf. 6164.5 - Student Study Teams)

The district or individual schools may establish and use the services of a School Attendance Review Board (SARB) (Education Code 48320-48324). The district or school may participate in the county, district or school SARBs as allowed by law to meet the special needs of students with school attendance, school behavior problems or lack of academic success.

Students who are habitual truants or habitually insubordinate or disorderly during attendance at school may be referred to the county probation department through the SARB process. (Education Code 48263)


Upon return from suspension, a student shall be provided the opportunity to complete missed assignment and/or demonstrate proficiency in the subject matter. A student's grade may not be penalized due to a suspension.

(cf. 5144 - Student Discipline)

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

Legal Reference:


1740 Employment of personnel to supervise attendance (county superintendent)

2550-2558.6 Computation of revenue limits

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 students ages 6-18 (compulsory full-time attendance)

48210-48216 Exclusions from attendance

48260-48273 Truants

48292 Filing complaint against parent

48320-48324 School attendance review boards

48340-48341 Improvement of student attendance

49067 Unexcused absences as cause of failing grade

49701 Provisions of the interstate compact on educational opportunities for military students


12302 Student participation on precinct boards


6920-6929 Consent by minor


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. 244 (1983)


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

Management Resources:


0114.98 School Attendance and CalWORKS, Management Bulletin 98-01


Welfare Reform and Requirements for School Attendance


adopted: January 26, 1993 Larkspur, California

revised: January 14, 1997 (effective 1/28/97)

revised: March 11, 1997

revised: March 10, 1998

revised: January 23, 2018