Excused and Unexcused Absences

Posted by: Jennifer Landry 1 year, 5 months ago

Excused and Unexcused Absences

The following classifications, from California Education Code, help emphasize the importance of school attendance and are intended to minimize interference with instruction: 

Excused Absences: California Education Code stipulates that absences can ONLY be excused for the following reasons:  the student’s personal illness; health department quarantine; medical, dental, optometric or chiropractic appointments for the student; attendance at funeral services for an immediate family member; the deployment or return from deployment of the student’s parent or legal guardian; jury duty or any other court order requiring a personal appearance such as a subpoena; exclusion for failure to present evidence of immunization; observance of a religious holiday; attendance at a Student Attendance Review Team (SART) or Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) hearing.

Unexcused Absences/Truancy: Education Code Section 48260 states “Any pupil subject to full time education who is absent from school without a valid excuse three (3) days or tardy or absent from school without a valid excuse in excess of 30 minutes on each of more than three (3) days in any one school year is a truant and shall be reported to the attendance supervisor or the superintendent of the district.”