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Attendance and Grading Policy
The Board of Education is committed to encouraging good attendance. Regular attendance is essential for students to earn satisfactory grades. Students who have good attendance records generally achieve higher grades, enjoy school more, and are more employable after leaving high school. Likewise, there is a direct relationship between poor attendance and class failure. All students are expected to attend school regularly and to be on time for all classes in order to derive maximum benefits from the instructional program and to develop habits of punctuality, self-discipline, and responsibility.

I. Attendance and Grading
A. In order to promote positive attendance, the Board of Education authorizes teachers to assign a failing grade for the semester to any pupil whose unexcused absences equal or exceed ten in that semester. A failing grade may not be assigned for this reason until a student has accumulated all ten unexcused absences.

B. Classification of Absences
1. Excused absences are:
a. Verified absences allowed by state law for computing attendance (Education Code Section 46010 [b]):
b. Verified absences for justifiable personal reasons as provided by state law (Education Code Section 48205);
c. Verified absences for justifiable personal reasons as provided by District Policy (District Policy No. 5112.1, 5112.2, &5113.1); and
d. Suspensions, including on-campus suspensions.

2. Unexcused absences are any absences not described under Section B-1 above,or not verified as excused with a valid excuse within three days of the student’s return to school. Unexcused absences include,but are not limited to, truancies.

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