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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.
"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."

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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)