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Student Attendance

Attendance Benefits
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Maintaining good attendance is essential for maximizing academic achievement as it lays the foundation for success in school and later in life.  Attendance is one of the biggest indicators of student success. 

Attendance Policy
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Every student must be in school unless it is necessary for him/her to be absent. When a student is absent that are specific reasons that would qualify the student's absence to be excused. Some of these reasons include illness, medical/dental appointment, court subpoena, court appearance, or the funeral of an immediate family member. For a full list of excused absences the link below.
When a student is absent, the student’s parent/guardian must contact the attendance office to report the absence within 5 days.
If a student will be out of school for an extended period of time please contact the student's school attendance office. We may have an educational option to assist the student in earning credits while absent. 
  • Short Term Independent Study - if your student will be absent between 5-14 days in a semester
  • Home Hospital - students who will be absent 15+ days due to a physical or psychological need may apply for Home & Hospital. We will work with the student's medical team to determine the student's eligibility. 
Please remember, school attendance is mandatory, multiple cases of unexcused absences are reported to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB) and may be referred to the Santa Clara County District Attorney. 

Truancy & Chronic Absenteeism
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Students who are Chronically Absent or Habitually Truant may be referred to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB). A student missing more than 30 minutes of instruction without an excuse three times during the school year would be considered truancy. A student is considered habitually truant when they are truant three times. A student who misses 10% (18 days) or more of the school year would be considered chronically absent.
For more information on truancy and chronic absenteeism, please click here.

School Attendance Review Board (SARB)
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East Side Union High School District operates a Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) process designed to support children and families in maintaining positive school attendance patterns which allow students the maximum opportunity to learn.  

The School Attendance Review Board (SARB) is composed of school staff and community partners who collaborate with families and students to identify what is impacting school attendance and work together to improve. The goal of SARB is to help students remain in school.