The California Administrative Code and Education Code require Board approval of the method used for verification of absences in the District:
- Daily Attendance Reporting - Each elementary teacher shall, at least once each school day, submit to the Principal's Office an attendance report listing the names of all pupils absent each period of each school day.
- Legitimate Pupil Absences - Legitimate pupil absences for ADA purposes are as follows:
- Quarantine under the direction of the county or city health officer
- For the purpose of attending a funeral service of a member of the immediate family, so long as such absence is not more than three days, if the service is conducted outside of California
- For the purpose of jury duty in the manner provided for by law
- School personnel may require students to remain out of school for maximum of five days due to pediculosis (head lice). The attendance card should be marked as an illness for the five-day limit. Cases which are not cleared after five days should be marked as unexcused absences.
- Absence to Obtain Immunization - The Education Code deals with claiming attendance for up to five days for any pupil who has not been immunized providing the District has not notified the parent or guardian of the pupil. The immunization requirement includes diptheria, pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus, poliomyelitis, and measles.
- The District shall notify the parent or guardian of the pupil that they have two weeks to supply evidence either that the pupil has been properly immunized, or that the pupil is exempted from the immunization requirement pursuant to Section 3385 or Section 3386 of the Health and Safety Code.
- The notification shall include a source of medical care to obtain such immunization such as the County Health Department.
- School Excused Absence for Justifiable Personal Reasons
- Bereavement in the event of death of members of the immediate family, including parents, offspring, brothers, sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and correspondent step relatives, court appointed foster parents, legal guardians, or any other person regularly residing in the home
- Critical illness in the family, which has direct impact on family members in the home (family is defined in the paragraph above)
- Appearance at SARB or satellite SARB meetings
- Attendance at events sponsored by certain organizations or groups as approved by the principal's designee
- Family emergencies
- Other exceptional circumstances to be approved by the school principal, which may include an appearance in court, observance of a holiday or ceremony of his or her religion, attendance at religious retreats, family retreats, or an employment conference. A pupil shall also be excused when he or she is the custodial parent of a child who is ill or has a medical appointment during school hours. Under this policy, attendance at religious retreats shall not exceed four hours per semester.
A written communication, signed by the parent or guardian, shall be submitted to the principal or the principal's designee including a request that the pupil's absence on a specified date to be excused, and a statement explaining the reason for the absence.
Requests for unpredictable absences to be excused must be received no later than the third school day of the pupil's return to school. Pupils emancipated or who are 18 years of age or older have the same responsibilities and privileges as other students but may legally act for themselves in all types of absences.