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Attendance is Key to Academic Success
Teachers build your child’s education one day at a time so every day is essential. In elementary, middle and high school, your child’s academic success can be put in jeopardy if too many days are missed. If your child must miss school due to an illness or other critical reason, work with his/her teacher to make-up the lost time in class. Ask for homework assignments and do extra review.
In addition to the academic component, student absences directly affect the district’s finances. The majority of state funding is based on each day each student attends school. The state only pays the district for those days the student is physically in class. It does not pay for excused absences, even if the parents provide a note from a doctor.
According to Education Code 48200 a pupil shall be excused from school when the absence is:
- Due to an illness.
- Due to quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officer.
- For the purposes of having medical, dental, optometric, or chiropractic services rendered.
- For the purposes of attending the funeral services of a member of the student’s 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.
- For the purpose of jury duty in the manner provided for by law.
- Due to the illness or medical appointment during school hours of a child for whom the pupil is the custodial parent.
- 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.
- For the purposes of serving as a member of a precinct board for an election pursuant to Sec. 12302 of the Elections Code.
- Participation in religious instruction or exercises in accordance with district policy.
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. The teacher of any class from which a pupil is absent shall determine the tests and assignments, which shall be reasonably equivalent to, but not necessarily identical to, the test and assignments that the pupil missed during the absence.
For purposes of this section, attendance at religious retreats shall not exceed four hours per semester.
Absences pursuant to this section are deemed to be absences in computing average daily attendance and shall not generate state apportionment payments.
“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 to be references to pupil.” [E.C. 46014, 48205]
Leaving School at Lunch Time
The Elk Grove Unified Board of Education has established a closed campus policy at all sites. Students may not leave campus at any time during the school day. This is for the security of the campus and to protect your student’s health, safety and welfare. Please cooperate by not requesting permission for your student to leave campus during the school day. [E.C. 44808.5]
Minimum Days & Pupil Free Staff Development Days
If your child will be affected by minimum days or staff development days, we will give you at least one month’s notice. At various times during the year, schools will be on a minimum day schedule. Schools are typically on a minimum day schedule because of testing or because of track change days when extra time is needed to prepare the classrooms for the following school day.
Parental Consequences for Failure to Ensure Student Attendance
Any parent or guardian who fails to ensure their student’s attendance may be guilty of an infraction and can be punishable as follows: $100 for first conviction; $250 for second conviction; $500 for third conviction. A parent of guardian may be placed in a parent education program or counseling program in lieu of a fine. A willful violation of a court order directing that a student must be enrolled in a school or program can mean a $1,000 fine. [E.C. 48239]
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