"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."
-- California State Board of Education, Policy on School Safety, Discipline, and Attendance