Attendance & Discipline

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California compulsory education law requires everyone age 6-18 to attend school until graduation from high school or passing the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE).

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"Regular school attendance is a necessary part of the learning process and the means to graduation with a good education. Students who are frequently absent may be putting their futures in jeopardy. Chronic absenteeism, especially truancy, is a behavior that is highly associated with dropping out of school. Regular attendance is essential for success in school." -- School Attendance Improvement Handbook, California Department of Education, 2000

"It is further the policy of the State Board of Education that the substantial benefit students will derive from regular attendance in a safe and orderly school environment justifies a high priority and commitment of personnel and fiscal resources by the Department of Education and by local educational agencies."
-- California State Board of Education, Policy on School Safety, Discipline, and Attendance

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Written statement or phone call from parent or guardian is required for:

  • Illness
  • Death
  • Death in the immediate family
  • Medical/dental appointments for student
  • Advance written request is required from parent or guardian for:
  • Court appearance
Legally Excused Absences (Ed Code 48205)