The state mandates that school districts send a truancy letter to parents if a student has three unexcused absences of 30 minutes or longer. Please understand that an unexcused absence does not necessarily mean that the absence was not cleared by a parent or guardian. According to the California education code, an absence may be recorded as excused for the following reasons only:
- Medical appointments
- Court appearances
- Religious holidays
- Pre-approved independent study contract.
An absence for any other reason is noted as unexcused and could result in the student receiving a truancy letter.
Truancy & Excessive Absences
An important part of academic success is good attendance. The school district has an attendance protocol to track truancy and excessive absences. Parents will be notified if students have a certain number of unexcused absences or an excessive number of excused absences.
Please see the attendance guidelines file below for the attendance protocol.