After absence has been reported by parent/guardian the absence will either be excused or unexcused. Definitions follow:
Excused Absence: (Education Code 48205) (AR 5113)
(A) Notwithstanding Section 48200, a pupil shall be excused from school when the absence is:
1. Due to his or her illness. (When a student has had 10 absences in the current school year for illness, a physician must verify any additional absences for illness)
2. Due to quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officer.
3. For the purpose of having medical, dental, optometric, or chiropractic services rendered.
4. For the purpose of attending the funeral services of a member of his or 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.
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 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 board.
8. For the purpose of serving as a member of a precinct board for an election pursuant to Section 12302 of the Elections Code.
(B) A pupil absent from school under this section shall be allowed to complete all assignments and tests missed during the absence that can be reasonably provided and, upon satisfactory completion within a reasonable period of time, shall be given full credit therefore. The teacher of any class from which a pupil is absent shall determine that tests and assignments shall be reasonably equivalent to, but not necessarily identical to, the tests and assignments that the pupil missed during the absence.
(C) For purposes of this section attendance at religious retreats shall not exceed four hours per semester.
(D) Absences pursuant to this section are deemed to be absences in computing average daily attendance and shall not generate state apportionment payments.
(E) “Immediate family,” as used in this section, has the same meaning as that set forth in Section 45194, except that references therein to “employee” shall be deemed references to “pupil”. Amended by SB 1208, Ch.312, Statutes of 1999.
An unexcused absence/tardy includes, but is not limited to the following: In-school suspension, home suspension, truant, job, overslept, out-of-town, nonreligious lessons, friends or relatives visiting, traffic citation, vacation, working on the car, ran out of gas, personal business, driving test, etc. Students have an opportunity to make-up absences by attending Saturday School. Absences must be made-up during the semester in which they occurred.
A student is considered habitually truant when he/she has 3 unexcused absences in one school year or is tardy to class in excess of 30 minutes without a valid excuse on three occasions in one school year, or any combination thereof. EC 48260.