In California, all children are required by law to attend school between the ages of 6 and 18, and must have good attendance records as well. The state defines legally truant as a student who misses school with a combination of the following types of absences without a valid excuse:
three unexcused absences and/or
three tardies and/or
three absences of more than 30 minutes
You'll need to contact school office within two days of your child's return to school or the absences will be recorded as unexcused.
Parents/guardians are responsible for their child's school attendance and must notify the school when their child is not in school and include the reason, regardless of whether it is excused or unexcused.
Ed Code states that a student is truant if that student:
Is absent from school without an Ed Code-valid excuse three full days in one school year; or
Is tardy or absent for more than a 30-minute period during the school day without an Ed Code-valid excuse on three occasions in one school year;
or any combination thereof (Ed Code, 48260(a)). Ed Code requires public schools to send parents notifications of truancy in writing. This notification is meant to promote communication between the home and the school. Parents are always encouraged to contact the school site when questions of school attendance arise.
Chronic absenteeism is when students have missed 10% or more of the school year. In this case, ALL absences are counted: excused, unexcused & suspensions.
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