District Attendance Policy

Board Policy 5113.1 - Truancy

East Side Union High School District
Board Policy
BP 5113.1
Students
 
 
Truancy

 
To improve student attendance, the Superintendent or designee shall implement positive steps to identify the reasons for a student's unexcused absences and to help resolve the problems caused by truancy.  Such strategies shall focus on early intervention and may include, but not be limited to, communication with parents/guardians and the use of student study teams.
 
(cf. 5113 - Absences and Excuses)
(cf. 5147 - Dropout Prevention)
(cf. 5149 - At-Risk Students)
(cf. 6145.5 - Student Study Teams)
(cf. 6176 - Weekend/Saturday Classes)
 
In addition, the Superintendent or designee shall cooperate with other agencies within the community to meet the needs of students who have serious school attendance or behavior problems and to maintain a continuing inventory of community resources, including alternative programs.
 
(cf. 1020 - Youth Services)
(cf. 1400 - Relations Between Other Governmental Agencies and the Schools)
 
Habitually truant students may be referred to a school attendance review board, a truancy mediation program operated by the county's district attorney or probation officer, and/or juvenile court in accordance with law.
 
For purposes of California's welfare system (CalWORKS), a student shall be determined to be regularly attending school unless he/she has been referred to the county district attorney or probation office pursuant to Education Code 48263.
 
Legal Reference:
 
EDUCATION CODE:
1740  Employment of personnel to supervise attendance (county superintendent)
37223  Weekend classes
41601  Reports of average daily attendance
46000  Records (attendance)
46010-46014  Absences
46110-46119  Attendance in kindergarten and elementary schools
46140-46147  Attendance in junior high and high schools
4820048208  Children ages 6-18 (compulsory full-time attendance)
48240-48246  Supervisors of attendance
48260-48273  Truants
48290-48296  Failure to comply; complaints against parents
48320-48324  School attendance review boards
48340-48341  Improvement of student attendance
49067  Unexcused absences as cause of failing grade
 
VEHICLE CODE
13202.7  Driving privileges; minors; suspension or delay for habitual truancy
 
WELFARE AND INSTITUTIONS CODE
601-601.4  Habitually truant minors
11253.5  Compulsory school attendance
 
CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5
306  Explanation of absence
420-421  Record of verification of absence due to illness and other causes
 
ATTORNEY GENERAL OPINIONS
66 Ops. Cal. Atty. Gen. 245, 249 (1983)
 
Management Resources:
CDE MANAGEMENT ADVISORIES
0114.98 School Attendance and CalWORKS, Management Bulletin 98-01
CDE PUBLICATIONS
School Attendance Review Board Handbook, 1995
CSBA ADVISORIES
0520.97 Welfare Reform and Requirements for School Attendance
WEBSITES
CDE:  http://www.cde.ca.gov
CSBA:  http://www.csba.org
 
Policy  EAST SIDE UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT
Adopted:  March 11, 2004

Board Policy 5113 - Absences & Excuses

East Side Union High School District
Board Policy
BP 5113
Students
 
Absences and Excuses

 
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 - Truancy)
 
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 administration regulations.  (Education Codes 46010, 48216, 48205)
 
Inasmuch as class participation is an integral part of students' learning experiences, parents/guardians and students in grades 7 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 46010.1)
 
(cf. 5145.6 - Parental Notifications)
 
Students shall not be absent from school without their parents/guardians' knowledge or consent except in cases of medical emergency or confidential medical appointment.
 
Student absence for religious instruction or participation in religious exercises away from school property may be considered excused subject to law and administrative regulations.  (Education Code 46014)
 
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)
 
Legal Reference:
 
EDUCATION CODE:
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