In accordance with California compulsory education laws and the District's
mission to provide all students with a quality education, the Youth Services
Department assists school sites in monitoring and enforcing student attendance.


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There is a very strong connection between student attendance and student
performance in school. Research shows that students who attend school every
day pass state tests in reading and math at much higher rates than students
who attend school less than 85% of the time. Higher attendance equals higher
achievement for all students.

School attendance is required by state law. The California Education Code section
48200 requires that every child 6 to 18 years old must attend school every day and
on time unless there is an acceptable reason for the absence. Acceptable reasons for
excused absences include, but are not limited, to illness, medical appointments, and
attendance at family funeral services. Attendance at religious retreats shall not exceed
four (4) hours per school semester. Absences due to activities such as babysitting,
accompanying parents on errands, and attending sporting events or concerts are
unexcused. Parents/guardians are responsible for their child's school attendance
and must notify the school if their child is not in school and why.

School Attendance Regulations

School Attendance is required by law. Education Code 48200 of the State of California
requires every child six through 18 years of age to attend school every day and on time.

Parents/Guardians are responsible for their child's school attendance.
Parents/Guardians must let the school know if their child is not in school and give a
specific reason for the absence.

Effective January 1, 2011, parents/guardians can be fined and jailed for their child's
chronic truancy. Read more.

Absences from school for five or more days may be excused if a parent 1)
requests a contract for independent study at least one week prior to the absence
and 2) the child completes a school contract within the set timeline. After any
absence, students must report to the appropriate school office to obtain
readmission before returning to class.

If an attendance problem arises and cannot be resolved by school staff, the
school may refer the student and family to the School Attendance Review Board
(SARB). If the SARB cannot resolve the attendance problem, it has the authority
to refer cases to Juvenile Court.

Excused Absences

Notwithstanding Education Code 48200,a pupil shall be excused from school
when the absence is:

1. Due to his/her illness;

2. Due to quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officer;

3. For the purpose of having medical, dental, optometry, or chiropractic services

4. For the purpose of attending the funeral service of a member of his/her
immediate family, so long as the absence is not more than one day if the
service is conducted in California and not more than three days if the service
is conducted outside California;

5. For the purpose of jury duty in the manner provided for by law;

6. Due to the illness or medical appointment during school hours of a child of
whom the pupil is the custodial parent. Under state law schools may excuse
pupils from school in grades 7-12 for the purpose of obtaining confidential
medical services without the consent of the pupil’s parent or guardian;

7. For justifiable personal reasons, including, but not limited to, an appearance
in court, attendance at a funeral service, observance of a holiday or ceremony
of his or her religion, attendance at a religious retreats, or attendance at an
employment conference, when the pupil’s absence has been requested in
writing by the parent or guardian and approved by the principal or a designated
representative pursuant to uniform standards established by the governing


Ray Culberson

Suzann Hazen
Youth Services Specialist
SARB Chairman

Brenda Chow
SARB Vice Chairman

Maura Vallejo
Youth Services Specialist

Tiffany Avant
Clerk II

WHAA Building
1535 West Highland Ave.
San Bernardino, CA 92411

Ph: (909) 880-6807
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